Russia Cites US Violation of Flight Memorandum in Turkish Air Piracy

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US purchase agreement for sale of F16s requires Turkey to have US permission for all combat missions according to Lavrov

MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Wednesday’s phone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry, pointed to a gross violation of the Russian-US memorandum of ensuring safety of flights of combat aircraft in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported Wednesday.

“The situation around an unprovoked attack by Turkey’s Air Force on a Russian bomber, which was fulfilling the task to fight terrorists on Syrian territory, was discussed,” the ministry said.

“The minister pointed to a gross violation of the Russian-American memorandum on ensuring safety of combat aircraft flights in Syria, in which the United States assumed responsibility for observance of relevant regulations by all participants of the coalition it leads, including Turkey,” it said.

An F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force downed on Tuesday Russia’s Su-24M bomber (NATO reporting name Fencer) over the territory of Syria.

The Su-24M crew managed to eject, but one of the two pilots was killed by fire from the ground, the search for the second continued. The second pilot has been rescued.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier on Wednesday noted that Moscow knows the US always demands from its coalition members in Syria to coordinate use of US combat planes. Thus, he pointed to the possibility of the Turkish authorities agreeing with the United States their decision to order its warplanes in the air to shoot down the Russian plane.

“Some members of the coalition, including those providing their combat planes for strikes against Iraq and Syria have confided to us the planes involved were of US manufacture and the Americans normally request US permission for such operations,” Lavrov said.

“As far as I understand, our plane was downed by a US-made F-16. It remains to be seen whether the US requirement is applicable to Turkey, and if it is, I would like to know if Turkey had asked the United States for permission to send its planes on a combat mission and to shoot down a plane, albeit probably an identified one, over Syrian territory.”

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Its become axiomatic: the US never keeps its agreements when dealing with potential or real adversaries. Russia because it resist enslavement, unlike say GERMANY, has been defined as America’s foremost enemy by the political haute couture. The key thing for Russia now is to seal the borders in Syria, deny any other nation entry into Syrian airspace and finish the task at hand-wipe out every last remnant of Daesh. This stratagem risk WW III, but if Russia fails in putting an end to Daesh in Syria, WW III is inevitable anyway.

  2. Somebody please email Lavrov this yearly Talmudi oath (that also Kerry swears):

    “All vows, obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called ‘ḳonam,’ ‘ḳonas,’ or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent. May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void, and made of no effect; they shall not bind us nor have power over us. The vows shall not be reckoned vows; the obligations shall not be obligatory; nor the oaths be oaths.” – Sung by World Jewry every year on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) – Kol Nidre, 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia

  3. Absolutely it was important. Things are going public now and the hidey holes are fast disappearing. The world in D.C just got a lot smaller and hotter.

  4. The restraint that Russia has shown is remarkable, especially in this era. I agree with Ed Dodge, that Lavrov is using rhetorical statements, as has Putin when dealing with NATO and the West. They are playing chess while the west is playing checkers. I sincerely hope that this isn’t what it appears…the opening salvo to WWIII. Though it is quite evident that NATO is the provocateur, the great ‘Bear’ is becoming even ‘greater’ in this process. I simply cannot believe how since Putin’s Russian has jumped in the fray, America cannot figure out how to disguise it’s obviously ‘evil’ agenda. Americans should be marching in the streets with pitchforks and rope… lots and lots of rope. Our US Government is in violation of the very law it wrote, the notorious NDAA, aiding and abetting knows terrorists. And they have admitted it!!!!! Why are they all not in prison awaiting rendition? Why?

    • That’s what is so ironic about it. They keep trying to get him off IS and the stolen oil and he won’t play along. He’s not gonna give them WW3. He keeps going after the dogs owner, as he said he would, and doesn’t fall for the traps they keep laying for him. They are exposing themselves horribly in the process and have shown just how inept and short sighted they are. And their bogeyman IS will soon be one less tool at their disposal. The bear is obviously too smart to be baited. They’re screwed. And it just keeps getting worse for them.

    • I don’t think the matter is finished already. Just imagine the assault of turkish F16 on Kurdish insurgents in Syria as such a strikes were performed before. What Russians will do?

      On one hand Turkish won’t allow reinforcement of Kurds, on the other, Russians will be humiliated by their inaction, so they must attack and destroy at least one turkish plane. I think neocons wait for such event to start the avalange.

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