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In this file picture take on August 12, 2015 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara

Erdogan in 2012: Brief Airspace Violations Can't Be Pretext for Attack

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Turkey has cited airspace violations as its justification for shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday. But only three years ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan specifically stated that such actions should "never be a pretext for an attack."

In response to the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted that the military’s actions were justified.

"We did not want this situation to happen, but everybody has to respect Turkey’s right to defend its borders," he told reporters, adding that the military’s actions were "fully in line with Turkey’s rules of engagement."

Yet, three years ago, Erdogan had somewhat different thoughts on the matter.

In 2012, Ankara accused Syria of shooting down a Turkish F-4 Phantom. That plane crash-landed in the Mediterranean after veering into Syrian airspace. In response, an outraged Erdogan lambasted the Syrian military for acting in haste.

"A short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack," he told Parliament at the time.

The Russian Ministry of Defense released video earlier on Tuesday which proves the Russian aircraft never entered Turkish airspace. But even if we take Ankara at its word, a leaked letter to the United Nations Security Council reveals that Turkish authorities justified their actions based on a 17-second airspace violation.

Surely Erdogan would consider 17 seconds "short-term."

The Turkish justification also appears hypocritical given the fact that Turkey’s own military planes have violated Greek airspace repeatedly over the last few years. Less than two weeks ago, Greek defense officials reported eight Turkish fighter jets entering Greek airspace, conducting a total of 19 transgressions.

These incidents have increased dramatically since 2013, and in 2014, alone, Turkey entered Greek airspace a total of 1,017 times.

The Russian Su-24M Fencer bomber was shot down Tuesday morning while conducting legitimate operations over Syria, where Moscow has been targeting the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group.

The two pilots ejected, and while the fate of one remains unclear, Russian officials confirm that the other was killed by ground fire from local militant groups.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the incident a "stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists."

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  • What did I say and that everybody knows actually..a liar and now a killer..Say goodbye to your presidency you stole by the way..
  • marcanhalt
    "since 2013, and in 2014, alone, Turkey entered Greek airspace a total of 1,017 times."

    The issue is not the plane or its payload, but the two lives that were lost. If Turkey (a/k/a NATO) wants to take the higher ground, let them explain the discrepancies stated here.
    I say, "FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!"
  • farwatchpost
    PKK needs some TOW missiles. Russia should accommodate.
  • mehrdadkovichni
    sputnik, why not mention that the area turkey claims that the su-24 violated, has been syrian airspace but *stolen* by turkey since 2012!
  • qvasko 15
    What and hypocritical idiot...he should ve been ousted even in 2013
  • Zhukov
    The SU24M was not in Turkish airspace. Russia should knock down a few F16s. Obama and Erdogan are dirtbags.
  • Jetsin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
    Zhukov, I guess you meant to say "The SU24 was IN Syrian airspace" or "The SU24 was NOT in Turkish airspace" :-))
  • in reply toqvasko 15(Show commentHide comment)
    Vasko Kelic, Nobody can really explain how Erdogan didn't even have a government recently and all of a sudden had no problem getting the votes he needed. How does that happen? *rhetorical question*
  • MsLiberty
    This tweet by @JacekSiminski published in another Sputnik article reads:
    "Assuming that an SU-24 covers 4km in 9-12 seconds at 900km/h cruise speed, we may risk saying that Turkey was waiting for such a situation."

    And then, after ejection, one of the pilots was shot dead in his parachute (what a cowardly act) and the other's whereabouts were unknown. Search/ Rescue parties were fired upon by raggedy, tail-between-the-legs, dusty-butt mercenary terrorists and one of the helicopters was destroyed. All in all a bad day of knife-in-back betrayal by Turkey: have you no honor, nor have you learned a damned thing from a long history of fuck-ups that have only made things worse for you? This is good, in one way of looking at it. At least now no one has any doubt about Turkey and no quarter should be afforded to them. But how to respond?

    Months ago, those who had been trumpeting the down fall of the Anglo-American cabal were cheering the news of Putin and Erdogan working on the so-called "Turk-stream" pipe line accord, which would ostensibly secure Russia's European gas market in spite of the Khazarian overthrow of Yanukovich in Ukraine. They loved it because it was yet another example, so they thought, of Putin the chessmaster winning another gambit over the Rothschild controlled West. I had cautiously mentioned my misgivings about this to a few chosen friends but they poo-poohed my fears.

    Nevertheless, I would have warned Putin to have NO DEALINGS with that ringtailed snake-in-the-grass Erdogan, who pretends like he's the second-coming for crying out loud! Of course, Putin is never going to listen to a damned word I have to say, and so all that leaves me with is standing on the sidelines to watch this shit unfold before me. Still, it hurts. Damn-it - it hurts! Good people were lost today because of dirty cowardice on Turkey's part, and it wasn't necessary for it to happen. A right to defend airspace, really? This looks more like a set up, that was then handed off to the terrorists to me. Good on you, President Putin, but know that no good deed ever goes unpunished.
  • SHAFAR.NULLIFIDIAN
    Surely, the Turks would not have taken this action without the "tacit" agreement of the "Terrorist in Chief", the Shabbos goy lawn jockey, and Netanyahu's butt buddy, Barack Obama. I am reminded of the machinations that the Brits and the Poles engaged to provoke Gernmany in the Spring and Summer of 1939 in the run up to WW II. There are those sociopathic lizoids in the U.S. that would use the stupids of Turkey to provoke Putin in taking retribution action against Turkey for which the USA would have to "respond" in aid of its ally. .It's horrifying to imagine a WWIII and nuclear conflagration, but I am absolutely certain the first nation to irredeemably disappear would be Turkey, just as Poland did and for which the Brits and France did squat.
  • SHAFAR.NULLIFIDIAN
    Surely, the Turks would not have taken this action without the "tacit" agreement of the "Terrorist in Chief", the Shabbos goy lawn jockey, and Netanyahu's butt buddy, Barack Obama. I am reminded of the machinations that the Brits and the Poles engaged to provoke Gernmany in the Spring and Summer of 1939 in the run up to WW II. There are those sociopathic lizoids in the U.S. that would use the stupids of Turkey to provoke Putin in taking retribution action against Turkey for which the USA would have to "respond" in aid of its ally. .It's horrifying to imagine a WWIII and nuclear conflagration, but I am absolutely certain the first nation to irredeemably disappear would be Turkey, just as Poland did and for which the Brits and France did squat.
  • nadezhdochka_25
    just dictator Erdogan.Saud Arabia suits better to him
  • qvasko 15in reply tonadezhdochka_25(Show commentHide comment)
    nadezhdochka_25, Hahah right
  • qvasko 15in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    jas, Corruption I would say....and also pro nationalist campaign against Kurds that captured the votes...
  • MR PUTIN JUST DROP THERE SOME NUCLEAR BOMS, SHOW THEM YOU CAN BE CRAZY WHEN YOU WANT . dog erdoshiet is american cocksucker
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