Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane: Vladimir Putin Declares War?

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Relations between Russia and Turkey have just reached an extreme low after Turkish forces shot down a Russian plane that they claimed strayed into Turkish airspace for less than 30 seconds. This act of violence between the former Cold War enemies is expected to create all new tensions between the two countries, and feared to be the start of a new war.

Turkey gave the Russian plane 10 warnings that it was in their airspace before taking drastic actions because it “did not answer our warning,” according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; however Russia is denying the allegations that the Russian plane had crossed over into Turkish airspace and said that the plane was more than 1 mile away from the Syrian/Turkish border.

Serdar Kilic, the Turkish ambassador to the United States spoke about the incident, saying “Understand this: Turkey is a country whose warnings should be taken seriously and listened to. Don’t test Turkey’s patience. Try to win its friendship.”

When the Russian plane was shot down, the pilots were seen parachuting out of the plane in a desperate hope to save their lives. However, one of the two Russian pilots was shot from the ground while he was still in the air, and the fate of the second pilot is not yet known.

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Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has spoken on the matter and stated that the event will mean “serious consequences for Russia’s relationship with Turkey.” While neither Russia nor Turkey seem to be wishing to engage in war upon each other, Putin called the incident a “stab in the back delivered by the accomplices of terrorists,” and international communities now fear escalation between the two countries.

Putin went on to speak about the error of judgement that he believes was made by the Turkish forces that shot down the plane, angrily saying “The plane fell on Syrian territory 4 kilometers away from the Turkish border. It was flying 1 kilometer away from the Turkish border when it was attacked. In any case, neither our pilots nor our jet posed any threat to Turkey. That is obvious.”

Sajjan Gohel, the international security director for the Asia-Pacific Foundation, said that the downing of the Russian plane is “a very significant escalation.” It remains to be seen what this will mean for the two countries involved.

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