Turkey Will Regret Shooting Down Russian Bomber
“Turkey will regret more than once” shooting down the Russian bomber on November 24, according to Vladimir Putin in his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin.
Though other nations have urged Moscow and Ankara to avoid escalation, both sides appear to be ensconced in angry rhetoric. Turkey refuses to apologize for shooting down the plane.
The State of the Nation Address in Russia
The Jerusalem Post reported,
Russia has already banned some Turkish food imports in retaliation as part of a sanctions package, and has accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family of benefiting from the smuggling of oil from Islamic State controlled territory in Syria and Iraq, allegations Turkey denies.
But on Thursday, without specifying how, Putin made clear Moscow planned to go much further, using strong rhetoric which underscored the continued depth of his anger towards Ankara over the November 24 incident.
“We are not planning to engage in military saber-rattling,” Putin told an audience in the Kremlin.
“But if anyone thinks that having committed this awful war crime, the murder of our people, that they are going to get away with some measures concerning their tomatoes or some limits on construction and other sectors, they are sorely mistaken.”
Putin called Turkey’s action a “treacherous war crime” and called on the international community to stop the double standard of backing “terror” groups. Plus, he couldn’t resist a sarcastic dig toward the Muslim nation.
“It appears that Allah decided to punish the ruling clique of Turkey by depriving them of wisdom and judgment.” Putin
Russia has accused Turkey of assisting ISIS by purchasing their illegal oil. They have denied this allegation. If true, Turkey would have seriously violated NATO agreements.
Russia released what they called the evidence of Erdogan’s involvement in that situation. Russia alleges that the chief user of this oil is Turkey, and the top leadership Erdogan and his family are benefiting from it.
“Terrorism without money is an animal without teeth.” Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov
Which is why Russia has been targeting oil trucks, refineries- they state they are attempting to destroy the financial support for terrorist groups like the Islamic State.
Some news media are calling Putin’s speech a “Bush Moment” as he used similar language to President Bush’s speech after 9-11-01.
“We are fighting for justice, happiness and the entire future of our civilization. We have to be prepared and we have to defeat them [terrorists] before they get here that’s why we launched this operation in Syria.” Putin
Does sound somewhat familiar, doesn’t it?