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Ankara "will use any occasion, any incident to blame Russia," but this has nothing to do with the alleged airspace violations, analyst Dr. Martin McCauley told Radio Sputnik. Moscow's stance on the Kurds is the real reason behind the latest unsubstantiated claims that a Russian warplane crossed into Turkey.
The senior lecturer at the University of London maintains that Turkey will "launch a lot of complaints towards Russia [in the coming months] just to … show that they will not submit to [those] Russian policies" in the Middle East which they object to.Indeed, Ankara is discontent that Moscow is backing the Damascus government and helping the Syrian Arab Army in its counterterrorism efforts, raising questions as to what Turkey's true intentions are when it comes to fighting Daesh.
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This is the reason why Russia's relations with Turkey are in "a state of deep freeze," the analyst added.
"Turkey does not really believe what the Russians say and Russia does not really believe what Turkey says. And there is really no dialogue between the two of them. Therefore what one side regards as a slightest violation is than taken as a provocation," McCauley observed. "If relations between Moscow and Ankara were good, something like this would be sorted out very quickly."On Saturday, Ankara accused a Russian Su-34 fighter jet of violating Turkish airspace. Later that day, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a statement providing a detailed explanation of why Ankara's allegations are unfounded.
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A combination picture taken from video shows a war plane crashing in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015