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Turkey shoots down Russian plane

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Turkey shoots down Russian plane

It has been reported that Turkey has shot down a Russian plane which they claim was in their air space.
Even if this claim is correct current active enemies of Turkey have no access to military aircraft so why not a warning rather than shooting it down ?
Would we shoot down a Russian plane that came into our air space ?
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apparently they sent them 10 warnings before they took it out with a pair of f16's and its not yet confirmed if the pilots are dead or captives, either way putin has called them a bunch of backstabbing isis supporters and publicly said they should stand by for whats coming their way ....
its not a clever thing to do, when the Russian planes come into uk airspace we send up alert  aircraft and escort them out, if we shot them down the damn sea would be littered with their wreckage (if media reports are to be believed that they have a couple every week stray into it) the turks are playing with fire though, whatever idiot gave the order to shoot them down just told the entire world he supports terrorists and no doubt Russia will do something about that /
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Re: Turkey shoots down Russian plane

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why not a warning rather than shooting it down ?

There was - several weeks ago the daily mail reported that Turkey told Russia if they did it again their plane WOULD be shot down.
Russia have decided called their bluff.. which wasn't so much of a bluff after all.
It may only be a small bit of land that they flew that plane over but you can't have another nation patrolling your air space without permission - thats not right and so to a point, I agree with Turkey issuing a warning previously.
What I am surprised about is that they didn't abort the missile... so that it at least sent a warning back to Moscow that they actually kept their word and fired.
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@Strat,
I see one of the mods has removed your post on this topic,
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no point having these toys if you aren't going to play with them.
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WHAT!!....my post has gone Undecided.......so it has Angry
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Bummer Strat! And I missed it!  Sad
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@Strat,
Well it was a bit of a Turkey
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Yes, it was a very poor attempt at humour which I am very glad to see the back of.
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Who do you think is buying all the ISIS oil? that keeps them funded?
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Reading this article it does suggest Turkish pilot was trigger happy.
Source is Turkish Defence Ministry and says Russian jet over Turkey for 17 seconds and hit by air to air missile over Syria
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34917485
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It will be interesting to see if Putin retaliates. He has advised Russians not to buy Turkish goods or to holiday in the country.
I thought it was disgusting that the pilots of the Russian plane were shot at as they evacuated.
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If they were warned about being shot down if they trespassed again, then they shouldn't have trespassed for even one second, but they did and the warning was carried out, russia's been pushing it's luck a lot lately with entering other country's airspace, it was only a matter of time before someone got sick of them and shot them out of the air...
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Re: Turkey shoots down Russian plane

It's explained in an article in the Telegraph that the Russian planes were interfering in a battle between Turkamen (ethnic Turks) militia and Alawite militia from the same sect as President Assad. Turkey is active in the Syrian war using proxy forces, and as they were ethnic Turks they couldn't ignore the Russian intervention.
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