Backstab / Удар в спину

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November 24 fighter F-16 of Turkish Republic shot down the in the skies over Syria the Russian Su-24, who participated in the military operations of the Russian Federation against the terrorist organization IS. The pilots managed to eject, but one of them, the commander of the Su-24, was killed by Syrian terrorists. On the same day, during a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly condemned the actions of the Turkish side, accusing Turkey of aiding terrorism.

I personally absolutely not surprised tragedy. Backstab — predictable. For Recep Tayyip Erodogan it has long been drawn to extreme forms of nationalism and radical Islam. Let’s call a spade a spade. What is the Justice and Development Party, founded by Turkish President Erdogan and headed by Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu? It is — in many ways the same, «Muslim Brothers» of Egypt, officially banned in Russia. Actually, Erdogan himself was imprisoned for advocating views of inciting ethnic hatred. And Mr. Davutoglu in his time wrote the book «Strategic Depth: Turkey’s international position», where the basis of the country’s strategy for decades appears thesis about the transformation in the new Ottoman Turks. And Turkey, according to the ideological views of Erdogan-Davutoglu is to make the new Ottoman Porte.

Hence the constant brazen support for Islamist militants. The expert community did not know that the Chechen bandits holed up in Turkey are treated undergo additional training? And now the same is done there IS militants. And Turkey buys them oil at bargain prices and directly sponsoring terrorism. So, why be surprised?

And the reaction should be maximally rigid. Downed aircraft — not only a violation of international law, any said Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, and, in fact, an act of aggression against Russia. Remember, there is Resolution 3314 the UN General Assembly on December 14, 1974. Which clearly states that aggression, among other things, is «the attack by the armed forces of a State on the land, sea or air forces, or marine and air fleets of another state». Consequently, the downed aircraft — the aggression against Russia, an attack on Russia. And here is the right to self-defense is triggered, as enshrined in the UN Charter. In other words, Russia had every reason to answer Turkish of all the fullness military might, completely destroying the ideologically Islamist regime that supports terrorism. The seriousness of the situation, I hope, is clear.

And let us finally take a sober look at its international partners, without illusions. Just remind some historical facts. Everyone knows about 13 Russian-Turkish wars. And about the genocide in 1915 — the Turks killed a half million Armenians.

Much less is known a new page of history — the period of the birth of the Soviet-Turkish relations. Russia, torn by civil war, was in shambles, suffering from hunger and cold, but the Bolsheviks headed by Mikhail Frunze was taken at the moment in Turkey, a huge amount of money, weapons, in order to help Turkey beat Greece. Support was provided at a time when the Greek army was a few dozen kilometers from Ankara and was ready to take it. What do you get in return from Ataturk? At first we were actually deceived and deprived of favorable conditions of passage through the Bosphorus, the Dardanelles in the Montreux Convention, then — Turkey was on the side of Nazi Germany during World War II (although officially the fact of the union not to declare). From Turkey, Germany received a strategically important raw material — for example, chromium. But worse — another. Million Turkish army is on the border with the Soviet Union. And Joseph Stalin was forced to keep large forces there, as in Moscow knew that immediately after the taking of Stalingrad, the Germans, Turkey is planning to launch an attack on South Caucasus to return as it believed its own «historical lands». And just as Turkey is increasing its influence in Georgia, the most penetrating to the South Caucasus, displacing, in fact, from there of Russia. I’m not talking about the cast Bolsheviks Turkey without any conditions in 1921, Kars and Erzurum — for them Russian soldiers shed their blood in the 19th century. Among other things, the monument to Russian soldiers in the Kursk region the Turks barely entered there in 1918, blew up. But Stalin wanted the Soviet Union to return these territories to be met by Turkey’s territorial claims — only after the death of their cowardly removed. You, by the way, know, the story of the first Turkish documentary film? Subject story speaks for itself — the destruction of the monument in Istanbul Russian soldiers delivered Russia in 1898 and glorifies the heroes of the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878, ending victory for Russia.

So, no surprise. The only thing — of course, after what happened, I doubt the relevance of continuing the construction of the Russian party nuclear power plant in Turkey, the advisability of buying Turkish food (Russia — trade partner of Turkey’s number one), the need to continue to keep on Turkish territory money of Russian tourists flying in Antalya Alania. Turkey has passed the line of acceptable and offered of coalition partners against IS. In general, all further decisions relating to Turkey should be taken, keeping in mind as set out here factology.

Vladimir Leshukov — Expert of Fund «Workshop of Eurasian ideas»

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