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    Ex OSCE vice president shifts onus over downed SU-24 from Turkey to NATO

    Sputnik Germany, July 29, 2016
    Translated from German by Tom Winter, August 1, 2016
    [Note: There is an English Sputnik version of this story; it presents the Su-24 background, and much less from Mr. Wimmer, with a link to this source. This is a translation of the source.]
    The upcoming visit of Turkish President Erdogan to Russia would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago. The shooting down of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey resulted in a diplomatic ice age. 

    But Willy Wimmer, former Vice President of the OSCE, now expresses the suspicion that the Russian jet was shot down with the help of NATO. 

    Mr. Wimmer, what brings you to the monstrous presumption that the the shooting down of the Russian fighter jet in November 2015 was done at least with the knowledge of NATO?

    According to my findings both an American, and a Saudi AWACS machine were involved. You don't just bring down aircraft such as this Russian fighter out of the sky. You have to be guided to it. And that is only possible with AWACS. 

    Where did these AWACS machines come from?

    The American AWACS must have launched from Cyprus. The other from a Saudi base. 

    Indeed, NATO has rules about what the consequences are for boundary violations if that's what it came to. This usually runs like this: only civilian facilities address the border-violating aircraft, and they draw attention to the error or have it land. If that doesn't work, military installations take over, which in peacetime, in the best case, force the aircraft to land. 

    What happened there, did not transgress internationally binding rules in any way. They brought down the Russian aircraft because they wanted to bring it down.

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