Anyone who has been paying close attention to the war in Syria is probably well aware of the fact that ever since Russia has stepped in, the tide has really turned against ISIS and their allies. This hasn’t gone down too well with Turkey who, despite being officially opposed to ISIS, have in actuality been training ISIS fighters, and buying cheap oil from them, and therefore don’t particularly like the idea of their allies getting killed by Russia.
So, Turkey have been throwing temper tantrums and has been trying to provoke Russia ever since. There have been various incidents back and forward between the two, and there’s no need to go into all of them. Lets just say that the whole thing is really ridiculous and proves that Erdogan is either a complete idiot, or the kind of person who wouldn’t look out of place playing a James Bond villain. The stupidest thing they did by far, was shooting down a Russian plane.
Naturally enough, there’s a fear that all of this stuff could escalate to a point where there’s a war between the two countries. This probably wouldn’t have bothered Turkey too much if they could count on their NATO allies to back them up. Too bad for them, they can’t.
European diplomats have warned the Turkish government that it cannot count on the NATO support should the conflict with Russia escalate into an armed conflict, according to German media.
Don’t worry though Turkey. You can probably still count on those nice lads in Saudi Arabia to help.
Ankara has called for a joint ground operation in Syria with its international allies, insisting it is the only way to stop the country’s five-year war. Saudi Arabia has said it would be ready to take part in an international force to be deployed in Syria.
Funny how they only want to get involved in the war when ISIS is on the retreat. And it’s also funny that they seem more concerned about Russia than they do about ISIS. You’d almost suspect that they’re getting involved because they want to help ISIS win, rather than help stop them.
But Russia, which has been carrying out air strikes in support of main regional ally Bashar al-Assad, has voiced its opposition to the operation. It also called on the Security Council to press Turkey to halt its shelling of Kurdish forces in northern Syria – but it was rejected.
Turkey’s plan was based on the assumption that, in case of conflict, the country could invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the collective defence clause if any member state is attacked.
But Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn told German magazine Der Spiegel that the Turkish government cannot count on Nato
‘NATO cannot allow itself to be pulled into a military escalation with Russia as a result of the recent tensions between Russia and Turkey,’ he said.
That’s what you get for stirring shit up. What are you going to do now Turkey? I would suggest getting down on your hands and knees and begging Putin for mercy.
Asselborn also stressed that Article 5 can only be invoked when a member state is clearly attacked.
And Turkey is clearly the aggressor here so it wouldn’t apply in this case. Russia was asked by the Assad government, the legal government of Syria, for assistance in the war. Therefore, they are there legally and have the right to do what they are doing. Turkey, much like the United States and Saudi Arabia, weren’t invited, and therefore have no legal right to get involved.
A German diplomat echoed Asselborn’s stance and said:
‘We are not going to pay the price for a war started by the Turks.’
On Friday, French President Francois Hollande also said that Europe needs to prevent a conflict between the two nations.
‘There is a risk of war between Turkey and Russia,’ he said in an interview with France Inter radio.
And if it does happen, then I think the sensible thing to do, would be to leave them alone, and let nature take its course.