On Nov. 24, global tensions just got much tighter as Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly accused Turkey of funding and supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) following an incident where Turkish forces shot down a Russian aircraft it claims was flying over Turkish airspace. Putin’s accusations against Turkey this morning threaten not only the stability of the war against ISIS, that has seen nearly a dozen nations move into the region to battle the terrorist group, but it also potentially ends Russia’s long-standing agreement with Turkey for a pipeline that would allow oil and natural gas to flow through their country as a Southern route on the way to Europe.
The entire event began overnight when a Russian aircraft was shot down and crashed in Syria, and along the Turkish border. Turkish officials claimed they warned off the aircraft close to 10 times before firing at it and bringing it down, but it appears now that satellite information held by President Putin opposes this original assessment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Turkey’s appeal to NATO partners to the incident with the Russian Su-24 looks like an attempt to put the alliance at the service of an “Islamic state.”
“We will analyze everything that happened, the tragedy would have serious consequences, including for the Russian-Turkish relations. I do not know who needed what is done today, but in any case not to us. And instead of immediately establish the necessary contacts with us, the Turkish side asked its NATO partners to discuss the incident, as if it were we shot down a Turkish plane, but they are not us. Do they want to put NATO at the service of ISIS? “- Putin said. – Gazeta.ru
In addition to decrying the take down of a Russian fighter jet, Putin also accused Turkey of funding the terror group and in buying their black market oil.
Putin declares loss of Russian warplane today due to backstabbing as the downed warplane incident goes beyond fight vs terror. The Russian President also made it quite clear that turkey, a NATO state, is responsible for ISIS funding:
Oil from Islamic State is being shipped to Turkey, and that ISIS gets cash by selling oil to Turkey. – Zerohedge
The seriousness of this incident cannot be understated, especially following the Paris terror attacks that thrust France into the conflict, with NATO forces probably not far behind. And with so many nations and coalitions suddenly fighting in such a small region with differing agendas and alliances, the geo-political outcome is far from assured, with today’s take down alone causing Russian/Turkish relations, and the future of the Turkstream pipeline, to suddenly become up in the air.