MOSCOW (AP) — In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.
Told you so, Erdogan, you flaming fucktard. Shooting down a Russian plane presenting absolutely no threat to you because it allegedly and very briefly strayed over a thin appendix of barren Turkish ground isn’t about to win you any friends in Moscow and, we have to admit, for very good reasons too.
The incident was the first time in half a century that a NATO member shot down a Russian plane. If Russia responds by downing a Turkish plane, NATO member Turkey could proclaim itself under attack and ask the alliance for military assistance.
They could certainly ask, yes.
To which his Imperial Majesty would answer: “Oh, invoking NATO now are we, Erdo? Well isn’t that special? Let’s see. We seem to recall one time when your NATO ally, the U.S., found itself under attack. Where were you then? Yeah, that’s right. Playing footsie with Saddam and trying your damndest to foil our offensive by forcing us to redeploy our forces. So, you were saying?”
The situation is also alarming because the Russian and Turkish presidents both pose as strong leaders and would be reluctant to back down and seek a compromise.
Difference being that if Jerkogan refuses to back down, Turkey loses, but if Putin refuses to back down… Turkey loses.
Best keep them little birdies grounded for now, huh, Erdie?