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    Russia Cuts All Military Ties With Turkey

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    All military contacts with Turkey have been cut following the downing of Russia's Su-24 military jet, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

    "Today, in accordance with a previously made decision, all cooperation channels have been cut between the Russian Defense Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.

    "This concerns all ties, not just the so-called hotline that was launched in order to avoid possible air incidents during the destruction of terrorist infrastructure in Syria," he added.

    The decision has been made after Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday had shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which had been taking part in Russia's anti-terror campaign in Syria.

    Ankara claims it downed the Russian plane because it violated Turkish airspace. Contrary to Turkey’s allegations, the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace, citing precise objective control data.

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

    Following the downing of the Su-24 bomber, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the incident would negatively affect all aspects of relations between Moscow and Ankara and recommended Russians to refrain from visiting Turkey. Cooperation in the tourism industry between Moscow and Ankara may be stopped, the Russian Federal Tourism Agency said.

    Russia may also restrict or even ban Turkish vessels and aircraft from entering Russian ports and airspace, according to Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev.


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    • Lotus Max
    • Terra
      All military contacts with Turkey have been cut following the downing of Russia's Su-24 military jet, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

      Good and necessary move since the turkey wants to play the terrorist game!
    • Neochrome
      Should establish military ties with PKK instead, I don't see them sponsoring ISIS and shooting at Russian planes...
    • Neochrome
      "Erdogan must go!" should be a new mantra in any talks...
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      chrrevin reply toNeochrome(Show commentHide comment)
      farwatchpost, not only must go, must also hang !
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      This decision and the deployment of the S400 mean that any turkish plane approaching the area of hostilities will be destroyed.

      Russia is the defender of defenseless nations. Don't mess with it Erdogan.
    • avatar
      Very good chess move...
    • Jim Mooney
      Q: How do you get twenty Turks into a Volkswagen?
      A: Throw in a little boy.
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      Turkey = terrorism
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      Everybody knew that Russian response on the first time it was directly attacked by a foreign army since WW2 would be harsh! (Erdogan what were you thinking?)
      Playing with Russia in these days is not a good idea. West should get some foreign policy experts from the cold war days back . It´s not the 90´s anymore.
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      The USA needs specialized personnel to track every airplane in a war zone. These US personnel are in Syria to do precisely this task. I may say, the USA gave precise information to the Turks about the route taken by the SU-24 bombers.

      I have read that Ground-Control Interception (GCI) or Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWCS) that the USA is operated in Turkey can be used to give defending aircraft (Turkey) a major advantage during the actual interception by allowing them to sneak up on enemy aircraft without giving themselves away by using their own radar sets. Typically, to perform an interception by themselves beyond visual range, the aircraft would have to search the sky for intruders (Russian fighters) with their radars, the energy from which might be noticed by the intruder's radar warning receiver (RWR) electronics (i.e., Russian fighters), thus alerting the intruders that they may be coming under attack. With GCI or AEW&C, the defending aircraft can be vectored to an interception course, perhaps sliding in on the intruder's tail position without being noticed, firing passive homing (heat-seekers) missiles and then turning away. Alternatively, they could turn their radars on at the final moment, so that they can get a radar lock and guide their missiles. This greatly increases the interceptor's chance of success and survival.

      The above is specifically what happens in the downing down of the Russia bomber. Only NATO and the USA have this system that operates from the ground. In another words, the USA knew perfectly well that a Russian airplane can be ambushed and instead of doing it themselves just passed the information to the Turks to bring down the bomber. The Russian is for a big fight, and the thugs know how to fight dirty war. The USA has plenty of experience in this type of bandit war. It has used it since the formation of the USA country all the way. Russia you do not have real friends! I wish you all the best in this muddy war. Hope you will success.
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      Russia waking up. BRAVO!!! But the MOST important is to erradicate Syrian Turkish militia inside Syria.
    • in reply toNeochrome(Show commentHide comment)
      farwatchpost, to morgue, hihihi
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      do not judge a nation with so few who rules them. i 'm a Turkish who live and work in Russia (Volgograd) I hate Erdogan and his companions as much as you. probably more than you do. I think best course of action for Putin. Giving an order for assasination for shit erdogan and his friends. That way We and You will have a great breath
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      Elsa JV
      Turkey sowed the wind; they shall reap the whirlwind.

      Erdogan's arrogance and warmongering will cost his country and his people and that is a pity but they voted for him, thus have to share the misery that is coming. Because it is coming, no doubt -- and there is hiding from it.
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      Elsa JVin reply toNeochrome(Show commentHide comment)
      farwatchpost, "Erdogan must go!" ----- Yes, that sounds good.
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      Elsa JVin reply to(Show commentHide comment)
      , Hi, my nameless friend, anyone that had any doubt about Russia's resolve to protect her own should have first looked at history and what happened to Napoleon and Hitler's troops. Russia does not shoot first, but sure as hell, she shoots last.
    • qvasko 15
      This a basic reasonable move that could be made in the dispute
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      Fire up the oven and start to roast the Turkey.
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