November 24th, 2015 -
Life News - By: Alexander Zhilin, Colonel of the Russian Federation, military expert and blogger -
Translated for Fort Russ by: Inessa Sinchougova -
Russia has suffered its first loss of life in Syria. The initial version of the incident as described by the Ministry of Defence, suggests that the SU-24 jet was attacked from the ground.
Experts soon affiliated the incident to reports from earlier this week that, on Washington’s orders, non-portable air defence systems were delivered to ISIS from the Ukraine. I need to draw your attention to the fact that portable air defence systems cannot target an aircraft at the given altitude of 6,000 metres.
Therefore, if confirmed that the jet was indeed attacked from the ground, it would suggest the use of these Ukrainian-delivered systems.
A little later it was reported that the jet was taken down by the Turkish F-16 fighter jet. Turkey is focusing the world’s attention on the supposition that the Russian jet had encroached on its airspace.
In the event of a violation of airspace, there are military protocols which seek to mitigate behaviors of the country whose airspace has been violated, as well as the intruding aircraft. Warning jets are deployed to establish contact with the foreign aircraft, ensuring their full visibility (given the possibility of a failure of navigation or control equipment aboard the foreign jet.)
This aircraft is then accompanied out of the said airspace, sometimes landing in the host-nation’s aerodrome. If the offending aircraft continues on its flight path into foreign airspace, ‘friendly fire’ is permissible to serve as a warning to the crew of the aircraft. An attack against the aircraft itself is a last resort action of self – defense, having established the intent of the aircraft.
None of the preliminary steps were carried out by Turkey. The attack was sudden, without warning, and according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, took place over Syrian airspace.
What could be the motives of Turkey, as a Member of NATO? Turkey is on the side of ISIS in this war, with their efforts aimed against the Kurds. Secondly, Turkey benefits from huge amounts of cheap oil extracted and sold by ISIS. Thirdly, Turkey is a member of NATO is entirely under the influence of the US.
This leads me to my next point; what was our SU-24 doing at the time of the attack? It was bombing a column of oil trucks, on their way to Turkey. Effectively, it was burning said “petro-dollars” from the sale of illegal oil. The movements of these columns are controlled by the CIA through their people within ISIS.
It has not been very long at all since our military activity started to impact these business dealings. The first to do this were actually the French, followed by the attacks on Paris. Russia then intensified its efforts in targeting this money supply, having now suffered the loss of our aircraft.
Now let me take you back to the recent rhetoric of John Kerry that “Russia is soon to see its aircraft falling out of the sky.”
This attack has one major motive. Take a look at what happened immediately after the incident; Turkey has initiated, on advice of the US, a meeting between the heads of NATO states. This is an attempt to throw into disarray the apparent warming of relations between Russia, France, and possibly Germany – the anti-ISIS coalition. Allowing this coalition to flourish would be akin to suicide for Washington. This is why the operation to disengage the EU from Russia has been so quick, despite the mutual fight against international terrorism. International terrorism is consistently used as a foreign policy pawn on behalf of the United States.
What will Russia do in this situation? It must support its allies. For example, the Kurds may mysteriously obtain the ability to target and significantly impact Turkish /coalition aircraft in Syria, while the Syrian army may obtain non-nuclear weapons of retaliation.
And finally, we must cease the significant flow of our tourists to a country that sides with terrorism.