"NATO is extremely nervous, because it has realized that in the event of a Russian victory in Syria, the truth about the relationship between NATO member Turkey and the Islamic State will come to light," wrote DWN.
Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber jet over Syrian airspace on Tuesday, where its pilots were carrying out antiterrorism operations against the Islamic State. One pilot died as a result of the attack, and the second surviving pilot is currently at an air base in Syria.
While Russia is building alliances with Iran, Iraq, and China to tackle terrorism, and sharing information with Israel, the NATO alliance's best friends in the region are two governments which provide support for the Islamic State, highlights DWN.
"It will also become clear that with Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the West's only allies in the region, are two Islamist governments."
"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cynically misused refugees as pawns for his ambitions," writes DWN, pointing out that in contrast to its support for the Islamic State, the Turkish government conducts "a completely disproportionate war" against the Kurdistan Workers' Party, "which brutally attacks Kurdish civilians."
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"If the refugees can return there (to Syria), Erdogan's bargaining chip for his extortion is suddenly missing. It is clear who in this conflict has an interest in escalation."
"Erdogan can blackmail the totally incompetent EU and totally overstretched German Chancellor – by demanding billions in protection money for the refugees … Erdogan wants three billion euros from European taxpayers for the refugees," points out the newspaper. This leads to the question of what would happen to the EU's money – there is evidence of Turkish officials buying oil from the Islamic State.
"All these prospects justify, from the viewpoint of the Erdogan government and its intelligence agencies, the shooting of a Russian jet. They chose escalation, because they have their backs to the wall."