Turkey’s ‘Planned Provocation’ Presents Serious Challenge to NATO

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
By Paul Martin


International relations expert Srdja Trifkovic told Sputnik that the Turkish government must take responsibility for downing the Su-24 fighter in Syria, and that there is hope that the other members of NATO will not follow the warmongering of Turkey.

Turkey’s downing of the Su-24 bomber requires a firm response from Russia, Srdja Trifkovic, Foreign Affairs Editor at Chronicles magazine, told Radio Sputnik on Wednesday.

On Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that “we have serious doubts that this was an unplanned act. This looks very much like a planned provocation,” which requires Russia to reassess relations with Turkey.

Russia’s position as a great power requires it to take firm action, said Trifkovic, who thinks Russia should recall its ambassador and demand an apology and compensation in response to the crime.

“I would hope that after this reassessment (of Russian Turkish relations referred to by Lavrov) something along these lines will follow, because now Erdogan is talking about getting back to normal, but at the same time, he is repeating that Turkey was justified in taking this action.”

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