‘More Powerful Players’ Behind Turkey’s Aggressive Policy Toward Russia

Friday, November 27, 2015
By Paul Martin


The Defense Ministries of Russia and Turkey have cut all cooperation channels. Military analyst Sergei Grinyaev believes the sharp rise in tensions between Russia and Turkey could be beneficial to a third party which is coordinating Ankara’s actions.

In addition, the representative of the Russian Navy was called back from Turkey. He was sent to Turkey to coordinate activities of the Black Sea Fleet and the Turkish Naval forces, spokesperson for the Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said.

“This concerns all ties, not just the so-called hotline that was launched in order to avoid possible air incidents during the destruction of terrorist infrastructure in Syria,” he added.

Relations between Russian and Turkey deteriorated after a Turkish jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the government to work out a set of economic measures in response to the act of aggression by Turkey.

Cooperation between the two countries via military channels is very important, Sergei Grinyaev, head of the Center for Strategic Prognosis, told Sputnik Radio.

Nevertheless, the suspension of military cooperation with Turkey will not seriously hit Russia, he added.

“This is a serious loss. Such military contacts are always important, especially in unstable regions. The Turkish Air Force is to blame for the incident with the Russian bomber. The Turkish government bears the responsibility. Russia now considers this type of cooperation pointless. But as for our military operation in Syria, it will not be affected,” the analyst said.

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