The Russians are going on a full offensive against Erdogan’s regime, charging it with supporting the Islamic State and allowing terrorists to launch attacks from Turkish soil.
The concern being voiced by Putin and other members of his government, though focused on Turkey, are clearly directed at exposing the extent to which Erdogan’s government is acting under the direction of NATO, and at the behest of Western interests, especially the United States in its support of Islamic terrorism.
One Arab media site reports that Obama, in fact, gave Erdogan the personal go-ahead to shoot down Russian aircraft as a warning to cease disrupting illicit oil transports to Turkey from ISIS (Islamic State) controlled oil fields. Russia’s bombing operations have reportedly been comprehensive and devastating.
Putin is clearly going for the jugular in directly attacking the Islamic State’s lifeline, something Obama and other Western leaders have inexplicably refused to do. Having done so, Russia appears to have exposed the Islamic State as, less an independent entity, than a proxy army for Turkish, and even Western interests who have created the conditions for it to emerge and thrive, and ultimately cast upon Western nations a flood of humanity to expand the project of Islamization.
Ankara defends ISIS, Turkish officials have financial interest in oil trade with group – PM Medvedev
“Turkey’s actions are de facto protection of Islamic State,” Medvedev said, calling the group formerly known as ISIS by its new name. “This is no surprise, considering the information we have about direct financial interest of some Turkish officials relating to the supply of oil products refined by plants controlled by ISIS.”
“The reckless and criminal actions of the Turkish authorities… have caused a dangerous escalation of relations between Russia and NATO, which cannot be justified by any interest, including protection of state borders,” Medvedev said.
According to the PM, Russia is considering canceling several important projects with Turkey and barring Turkish companies from the Russian market. Russia has already recommended its citizens not to travel to Turkey, citing terrorist threats, resulting in several tourist operators withdrawing tours to Turkey from the market.
Russia may further scrap a gas pipeline project, aimed at turning Turkey into a major transit country for Russian natural gas going to Europe, and the construction of the country’s first nuclear power plant.
Turkey shot down a Russian bomber over Syria on Tuesday, claiming the aircraft had violated Turkish airspace. Russia says no violation took place and considers the hostile act as ‘a stab in the back’ and direct assistance to terrorist forces in Syria.
The reckless and criminal actions of the Turkish authorities… have caused a dangerous escalation of relations between Russia and NATO