Syria (read ‘Russia’) Will Shoot Down Any Aircraft Violating Country’s Airspace-Message to Turkey-NATO (read ‘US’)

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With Trump starting a shooting war with Russia, VT was right again, Trump belongs to the Kosher Nostra, not Russia…exactly what we explained to the FBI when they came after us…and then later asked for an extensive briefing…


Sputnik/Moscow: The Turkish military and Turkish-backed militias and Syrian forces became engaged in a shooting war in Syria’s Idlib province following a Syrian artillery attack on a Turkish observation post last week. Damascus began an operation in the province in December amid repeated attacks on its forces by terrorist militants operating in the region.

The Syrian Army has warned that its air defences would shoot down any aircraft violating the country’s airspace.

“Any aircraft which violate Syria’s airspace will be treated as enemy military targets…They will be tracked immediately after detection and destroyed immediately after violating our airspace,” Syrian Armed Forces Command said in a press statement on Saturday.

According to the military, air defence troops have received orders to defend the country’s airspace “by all available means.”

Turkish Soldier Killed in Idlib

Also, Saturday, an official from Turkey’s Gaziantep governorate reported that a Turkish contract soldier was killed in Idlib province following a Syrian Army attack on Turkish forces.

“As a result of shelling by the Syrian regime in the Idlib area, contract serviceman Mecit Demir was killed,” the official said.

According to Turkey’s Sabah newspaper, the serviceman was a member of a tank crew and succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Funeral services are expected to take place in Gaziantep on Sunday.

Demir was the sixteenth Turkish soldier killed in fighting in Idlib this month.

Abdulhamit Gul, Turkey’s minister of justice, posted a photo of the soldier, issuing his condolences to Demir’s family and friends.

Russian, Turkish Defence Ministers Discuss Syria Situation

Also on Saturday, the Russian military reported that Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed the need to stabilize the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar.

“During the phone conversation, [the ministers] discussed the issues [related to the] stabilization of the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” the ministry said. According to the MoD, the two sides exchanged opinions on the situation in Syria more broadly. No further information about the call was provided.

On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that Turkey’s support for militants attacking Syrian Army forces in Idlib province was a violation of Russian-Turkish agreements on the need to separate the armed opposition from terrorists which threatened to “provoke a further escalation in the conflict” in the renegade Syrian region.

Weeks of Escalation

Earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry cast doubt on Ankara’s claims about the possibility of a humanitarian disaster if Turkey were to withdraw from Syrian territory, saying there was no evidence about the reports of “a million” refugees moving from Idlib toward the Syrian-Turkish border. The Russian military accused Turkish-backed militants supported by Turkish artillery of attacking Syrian Army positions in Idlib. In a telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his serious concern about aggressive actions by extremist groups in Idlib against Syrian Army troops, and called for “unconditional respect for Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Tensions in the Idlib de-escalation zone escalated on February 3 after Syrian forces shelled a Turkish observation point in the province, killing several troops and prompting Ankara to threaten an imminent large-scale invasion. Damascus began an anti-terrorist operation in Idlib in December following repeated militant attacks on Syrian troops. Last week, the Syrian government vowed to fight terrorists throughout the country, including in Idlib, notwithstanding Turkish invasion threats.

Russia, Turkey and Iran serve as guarantors of a ceasefire agreement reached in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2017, which set up four de-escalation zones in the war-torn country. Damascus has since retaken control over three of these zones, but the fourth, situated in Idlib and parts of several neighbouring provinces, remains controlled by a broad array of armed militias and terrorists, including Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group which currently calls itself Hayat Tahrir-al-Sham.*

In addition to the tens of thousands of militants believed to be concentrated in the region, Idlib is home to hundreds of thousands of civilians. Damascus has accused terrorists of attempting to use these civilians as human shields, making the task of liberating the province more difficult.

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  1. It is pretty obvious that the ME is being used as a proving ground for the ‘toys of war’ and a money pit for the ‘people’ of the world, who always pay the price. Some with their actual skin and the rest of us with their “paper or plastic” ‘skin’ A money mill for those – WE KNOW! who prefer to think they are unknown. The real untouchables.

  2. VT editors: With Trump starting a shooting war with Russia, VT was right again, Trump belongs to the Kosher Nostra, not Russia. I do not know for sure about US president Donald Trump being part of that Mafia club listed here, but that the US president is on a shooting war with Russia is simply non sense!
    I would like to recall you guys that under President Obama watch, hot spots conflicts with Russia and China were created. With Russia in Syria, the US deployed troops allegedly to fight their creation Daesh, but the endgame was still regime change in Damascus. Then in February 2014, the bloody coup in Ukraine to stir up more tensions. Then Obama created the so-called Pivot to Asia to confront China. Mr Trump, whatever he stated publicly, de activated the North Korea issue as North and South Korea are now talking about federation and I agree it is still bumpy. Then he de-activated tensions in Ukraine and less confrontation with Russia. Then, he stopped the arms and funding that Obama and his cliques in the CIA provided for the criminals in Syria called the “rebels”. With Turkey invasion in late 2019 of North Syria, we saw the US leaving Syria and hope raised that this potential flash point against Russia was removed. Unfortunately, the US troops/contractors are still in Syria and stealing oil. With China, a trade deal is on the horizon and the idea of pivot to Asia will simply go away if Mr Trump is reelected.

    • Final point is I re-iterate what I said all along. Mr Trump support for the shity little “only democracy in the Middle East” and Satanyhahoo is nauseating as well as with Crypto Zio litlle bro Saudi Arabia. I reject his confrontation with Iran. The fact that the murder of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani earlier this year happened in his watch hurt me badly. That murder, an act of terror and war, could have been more serious. But again, with the event unfolding and Iran’s response, I can’t help thinking that some theatrics were at play!

    • Nope , Exactly the Opposite , Now that it is Known that Syrians are Equipped with S-300+ so now the Pundits will hide it so that it seems that they’re pay is Worth it …… the moment a F-35 gets into Russian made System it is Toast so now F-35 is going to go shy …….. A epidemic of F-35 might be around the corner ……

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