00:10 GMT +317 November 2019
Listen Live
    Preparing to fire an S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile at the Ashuluk proving grounds during an Aerospace Defence Forces tactical drill

    S-400 in Syria: Russia Gives 'Stark Warning' to Turkey

    © Sputnik / Ruslan Krivobok
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    Russian Su-24 Jet Downed Over Syria (276)
    431678
    Subscribe

    Russia has given Turkey a "stark warning" by deploying its most advanced air defense system to the Hmeymim Air Base in Syria, military analyst Vladimir Anokhin told Radio Sputnik.

    "Sending [S-400] is logical. We did not expect to be stabbed in the back. After all, Turkey is part of the anti-ISIL coalition. Earlier, Russia and the US reached an agreement on information sharing," he added.

    Russian airstrikes on oil tankers and refineries, according to the expert, touched President Erdogan's "sore spot – his pockets." What Russia did not take into account was how "mean" Turkey is, Anokhin observed.

    The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the deployment of the S-400 systems to Syria a day after Turkish warplanes shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which was taking part in Russia's counterterrorism campaign in Syria. Despite Ankara's claims to the contrary, the Russian plane did not violate Turkish airspace.

    Anokhin maintains that the downing was a military and political provocation.

    "It was an aerial ambush, which means that it was a planned operation. It was authorized," he noted, adding that those behind the downing had several goals in mind.

    First, they wanted to scare Russia. Second, they also sought to decrease the intensity of airstrikes on the oil tankers militants use to smuggle oil from the territory they control. Third, they wanted to offer ISIL slight hope that militants would be able to continue to fight, Anokhin said.

    The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)
    © Sputnik /
    The S-400 Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS)
    Topic:
    Russian Su-24 Jet Downed Over Syria (276)

    Related:

    Russia Likely to Reconsider Relations With Turkey Over Su-24 Downing
    Russia, China in Talks on Purchase of S-400 Air Defense Systems
    Sultan Erdogan's War on...Russia
    Moscow Doubts Ankara's Intentions in Fighting Terrorism After Su-24 Downing
    Tags:
    Daesh, Su-24, S-400, Turkey, Syria, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik