Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing

How does Turkey down what they clearly recognized a non-threatening Russian jet and rescue helicopter?. The US would have scrambled fighters and escort the plane from restricted airspace. Putin is mad and rightfully so.

Turkey, a member of NATO, made no attempt to deny the incident. They, in fact, had a media crew available to capture what would normally be an unpredictable incident. Luck, some say, probably had nothing to do with it.

The investment world will be thinking about 'what's next' over the Thanksgiving holiday. Why pick a fight with a formidable, technologically superior adversary unless the goal is distraction rather than winning. An accelerating economic meltdown in Turkey requires likely requires a big distraction for those in power.

Let's hope NATO and Russia are better chess players than Turkey.

Headline: Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing

Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

Underscoring the message, Russian forces launched a heavy bombardment against insurgent-held areas in Latakia on Wednesday, near where the jet was downed, rebels and a monitoring group said.



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