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I Bet Russia Respects Turkey a Lot More Than The Obama Administration

Less than a week ago, a Russian general walks into the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and says, “We launch Syria air strikes in one hour. Stay out of the way.” 

But when Russian aircraft entered Turkish airspace over the weekend, it was intercepted by two Turkish F-16s.

Russia and Turkey have been at odds over Syria for some time now. For its part, Turkey has objected to the Russian bombing campaign. While the Russians seek to keep Assad in power, the Turks would like to see him removed. It is estimated that 1.7 million Syrian refugees are presently in Turkey. Whether this incident will affect a proposed pipeline deal between the two countries remains to be seen.

Russia has not issued a formal statement concerning the incident. But according to Turkish media, Russia said the incursion into Turkish airspace was “a navigation error.” Now given the level of state control of Turkey’s media, one might not accept such a claim at face value.

Nevertheless, given the events of the past week, I bet the Russians respect Turkey a lot more than they do the Obama Administration. This state of affairs is simply untenable for our national security and for the stability (such as it is) of the Middle East.

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