MOSCOW, February 15. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev considers that if Turkey was hit by Soviet aircraft in the USSR, it would have received, at least, a serious retaliation. The current actions of Russia, in his view, confirm the peaceful policy of Moscow.
Putin thinks it is humiliating for Turkey’s request to NATO on the protection after the incident with su-24
“Let me be clear: if something like this (the incident with the Russian su-24 aircraft shot down by Turkey) has occurred, for example, in Soviet times, most likely, would have started a serious conflict. If, God forbid, not a serious war, it just would have been a retaliatory strike and so on,” said Putin in an interview with Time magazine.
In his opinion, taken in Moscow of the decision show that “Russia in this sense absolutely peaceful.” “And even though it was an obvious provocation, when the (Russian) plane was shot down in the space of Syria, Russia did not respond militarily,” stated Medvedev. He reminded that Russia “was forced to respond by curtailing political and economic cooperation (with Turkey)”.
The Prime Minister believes that the attack on the Russian su-24 Turkey “was not framed, she was framed, the whole of the North Atlantic Alliance”. “It’s very irresponsible,” said Medvedev.
“In this regard, much depends on the will of the leaders of the Alliance to influence the most anxious members of NATO, which provoke the conflict with other countries,” – says Medvedev. “This is eventually the issue of discipline in the Alliance. We understand than such ends,” said the Russian Prime Minister.
November 24, 2015 Turkey has shot down a Russian su-24 bomber, which took part in anti-terrorist operations in the skies over Syria near the border with Turkey. The commander of the crew died. Turkey did not apologize to Russia.
The attack on the Russian su-24M and its consequences
November 24, fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 shot down Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.
In response, the defense Ministry said the su-24M was in the skies over Syria and crossed the border by the Turkish aircraft. The crew of the downed bomber managed to eject, however, commander Oleg Peshkov was killed by ground fire. Navigator Konstantin Muratina saved the Russian military and taken to a Russian base. During the operation to evacuate the pilots of the su-24M was lost helicopter Mi-8. In the death of a marine-contract employee Alexander Pozynich.
Putin called the attack a Turkish air force aircraft of the Russian Federation, who participated in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, “the stab in the back” of Russia.
The Russian head of state on 28 November signed a decree on the temporary ban from 1 January 2016 to hire workers from among the citizens of Turkey. With the new year also suspends the agreement with Turkey on visa-free regime. A ban or restriction on the import into Russia of certain goods from Turkey (the list will be determined by the government). In addition, it is not recommended to tour operators to sell trips to Turkey. The government was instructed to strengthen control over the activities of the Turkish road carriers on the territory of Russia in order to ensure security.