Tension in the Middle East is ratcheting up after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter airplane, with both countries accusing each other of provoking this incident.
Turkey said it has warned Russian pilots 10 times..., in 17 seconds*! This is, of course, is impossible. Even so, Turkey, a NATO member has released a tape where it’s possible to listen to some kind of English language saying ‘something’ like “change your heading south immediately”. Despite it, anyone could record a tape like that anytime, including after the incident.
As for the Russian side, the rescued co-pilot, Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin told state media reporters that “there were no warnings – neither via radio nor visually.” He also said he knew the region he had been flying in "very well" and that the jet had not been in Turkish airspace "even for a second".
While both countries blame one another, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that Russia is going to deploy S-400 defence missile systems to its Hmeymim air base near Latakia, on Syria's Mediterranean coast. The missiles have a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles), and the Turkish border is less than 30 miles away! That’s to say, Russia is preparing to go further in Turkey in case another “incident” occur.
What really took my attention in all this, were the words of the Turkish President Recp Tayyip Erdogan:
"There is no Daesh (ISIS)" - in the area where the Russian planes were flying. "Do not deceive us! We know the locations of Daesh."
If he “knows the locations of Daesh” as he has said, then is it true that Turkey and its NATO members are arming those rebels?
The world is on the brink of a real war!
*Today, on TV, Mr. Erdogand changed this time to 5 minutes.