Nov 27 14:06

Lavrov says Russian embassy in Damascus again shelled Nov 23

Russia’s Embassy in Damascus was again shelled on November 23 and a mortar shell landed on its territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said opening talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow on Friday. This is the third case of the shelling of the Russian diplomatic mission this autumn. On September 20, a mortar shell fell on the territory of the embassy without hurting anyone. The Russian Foreign Ministry said at that time that the artillery fire emanated "from Jobar district where anti-government militants had entrenched themselves." On October 13, the embassy was subjected to shelling as well. A direct hit of two mortar bombs damaged the Russian diplomatic mission’s apartment building, there were no casualties.

Nov 27 13:56

Russian Foreign Ministry: No conditions for modernization of trust-building agreement

In conditions of the lack of clarity on the regime of control over conventional weapons in Europe it is impossible to speak about modernization of trust measures and corresponding agreements, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday, commenting on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s initiatives on the modernization of trust building measures on the Vienna Document of 2011. "In conditions of the lack of clarity concerning the future of the regime of control over conventional weapons in Europe, when the former Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) has practically ceased to exist and there is nothing to supersede it, it is simply impossible to deal with profound modernization of the Vienna Document of 2011," the ministry said.

Nov 27 13:47

RT journalists return to Moscow after being injured in shelling on Syria-Turkey border

Two RT crew members and a TASS journalists who were injured when an anti-tank shell hit their press convoy near the Turkish-Syrian border, are being flown back to Moscow from Russian air base in Latakia.

Nov 27 12:43

Russia targets Turkish economy in retaliation for downing of warplane

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday called for tough sanctions against Turkey that could bite into more than $30 billion in trade ties between the two countries, as police here began seizing Turkish products and deporting Turkish businessmen.

Russian officials are seething after Turkish F-16s downed a Russian warplane over the Syrian border in a debacle that ultimately left two Russian servicemen dead. Turkey says that the Russian plane breached its airspace and was warned five times to turn back, charges that Russia denies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the act as "a stab in the back from the accomplices of terrorists," and on Thursday said in televised remarks that Turkey still had not apologized over the incident.

On Thursday, it became clear that the Russian government was now turning its ire on whatever extensions of the Turkish economy it could get its hands on.

Nov 27 12:43

Putin Snubs Overtures from Erdogan Over Downed Warplane

The standoff between Russia and Turkey intensified on Friday, as the Kremlin snubbed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s entreaties for dialogue and reiterated demands that Turkey apologize after its forces downed a Russian Su-24 bomber on the Syrian border.

Nov 27 12:20

Russian lawmaker Pushkov approves suspension of visa-free regime with Turkey

"The halt of visa-free regime will affect the interests of Turkish entrepreneurs, businessmen, enterprises in Russia," Pushkov said. "But the main Russian aim is to ensure its security. Everyone knows that Turkey is a transit country for terrorists, especially for those of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group." "This way we are blocking small people inflow coming to the Syrian region from Russia to fight for the IS and possible flow of those threatening our country’s security, including the people who may commit terrorist attacks in Russia," Pushkov said. Russia has decided to suspend the visa-free regime with Turkey from the beginning of 2016, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday after a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow.

Nov 27 11:20

By Way Of Deception – How Turkey Considers Its Airspace “Violated” By Russia

Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher

Technically, Syria has been always at war with Israel, the main cause being the illegal Zionist theft/occupation of the Golan heights. War with Israel took place in the years 1948, 1967, 1973 and, now, by fighting its proxies in Syria, the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ including the ‘Free Syrian Army’.

But it is not just Israel stealing Syrian land. Another piece, known as Liwa ?skenderun in the northwest of Syria, now part of the Hatay province, was annexed (stolen) by Turkey from Syria in 1938. The Turkish military expelled the native Alawite and Armenian peoples living there and proceeded to import Turkish loyalists...

Nov 27 09:55

History Repeats Itself: USA & Turkey vs. Syria & Russia

It’s ironic how history has a bad habit of repeating itself, maybe because we humans are not creative enough, or some of us, or maybe we are too lazy to invent new issues that will might help make our lives more better or at least less predictable. Some learn from history lessons, others tend to commit the same mistakes again.

This is a caricature caricature by a Villian Weisskopf, a cartoonist who lived in the last century (1906 – 1964) and published his drawings in the CSSR satirical magazine Rohá?, the first Slovak professional satire magazine.

Nov 27 09:54

Putin Accuses Obama Of Leaking Flight Details To Turkey After Russia Releases Video Of S-400 SAM Deployment In Syria

As reported two days ago, one of the first decisions a very angry Russia took in the aftermath of the shooting down of its Su-24 by a Turkish F-16 was to dispatch a Moskva guided-missile cruiser off the coast of Syria to provide air cover for its jets operating near Latakia, as well as send an unknown number of ultramodern S-400 (or SA-21 Growler in NATO designation) SAM batteries to Latakia to make sure that the tragic incident from Tuesday never repeats itself by sending Turkey a very clear message that the next time a Turkish warplane engages a Russian jet, Russia will immediate retaliate using ground forces.

Nov 27 09:28

Turkey must be removed from NATO: US Army general

Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane over Syria has proven that the country is a liability to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and must be “ousted” from the Western military alliance, says a retired US Army General.

The former US Army commander further described Turkey as an internal threat to NATO, who “will only cooperate when they have to and they will get as much out of NATO as they can” in terms of weapons and tactics.

Vallely said Turkey is poised to take more provocative measures in near future.

Nov 27 08:37

Sultan Erdogan's War on...Russia

Let's cut to the chase. The notion that Turkey's downing of a Russian Su-24 by a made-in-USA F-16 was carried out without either a green light or at least pre-arranged "support" from Washington invites suspension of disbelief.

Turkey is a mere vassal state, the eastern arm of NATO, which is the European arm of the Pentagon. The Pentagon already issued a denial -- which, considering their spectacular record of strategic failures cannot be taken at face value. Plausibly, this might have been a power play by the neocon generals who run the Pentagon, allied with the neocon-infested Obama administration.

The privileged scenario though is of a vassal Turkey led by Sultan Erdogan risking a suicide mission out of its own, current, desperation.

Nov 27 08:35

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Putin has not returned his call – video

Speaking to France 24 on Thursday, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemns Russia’s handling of the incident where Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian border earlier this week, saying the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has not returned his call about it. Erdogan says Turkey may have handled the situation differently if it had known the jet was Russian, and that Putin is not doing enough in the fight against Isis

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Putin is probably laughing too hard to dial the phone!

Nov 27 08:31

Greek Protesters Burn US, Turkish Flags, Want Out of NATO After Su-24

A crowd of Greek citizens gathered in the center of Athens to express their condemnation of the attack on the Russian Su-24 bomber. The protesters burnt Turkish and American flags and demanded that Greece withdraws from NATO.

Nov 27 07:51

Putin hints US ‘leaked’ flight path of downed Russian jet to Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the US on Friday of “leaking” the flight path of a downed jet to Turkish authorities, The Independent reported.

“The American side, which leads the coalition that Turkey belongs to, knew about the location and time of our planes’ flights, and we were hit exactly there and at that time,” Putin said at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande.

Russia threatened economic retaliation against Turkey on Thursday and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane, but Turkey dismissed the threats as “emotional” and “unfitting”.

Nov 27 07:28

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

Here’s something you probably never saw or heard about in the west. This is Putin answering questions regarding ISIS from a US journalist at the Valdai International Discussion Club

Nov 27 02:29

The West Wants Turkey Out

The members of NATO fear that the “impulsive actions” of Turkey’s President will force them into a new major conflict, and NATO is not prepared to fight it yet. These “impulsive actions” may trigger the response that is required by Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. No wonder Hollande, while declaring war against ISIL, made no reference of Article 5, by quoting the EU Lisbon Treaty instead.

Nov 27 02:19

War With Russia to Defend ISIS? Gee, Okay...

The Pentagon thinks it can win a war with Russia. Seriously. They do. Because even if it goes nuclear, as long as we wipe them out and we’ve got a handful of bureaucrats and generals alive in their fuehrerbunkers, we won! Hooray!

Nov 27 02:07

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria.

Nov 26 23:30

Guest Column From George Abert, Formerly Of Air Force Intelligence

Guest Column From George Abert, Formerly Of Air Force Intelligence

Why did Turkey shoot down a Russian Air Force jet?

Turkey is so militarily inferior to Russia that it is unlikely Turkey would commit an act of war against Russia without encouragement from Washington. We might think that Turkey would feel shielded by NATO, but it is doubtful that many European members of NATO would risk nuclear annihiliation by going to war with Russia in order to save Turkey from the consequences of such a reckless and irresponsible act as shooting down a Russian military aircraft and lying about it. Turkey has issued no apology and no believable explanation. Unless Erdogan has lost his mind, Washington is behind the shootdown, and the reason is Washington’s desperation to decode the new Russian technology that gives Russian forces total control over a battlefield, whether on land, sea, or air.

Nov 26 22:02

Breaking: Russian Pilot Rescued by Iran’s General Soleimani

Soleimani promised them to return the Russian pilot safe and sound; a promise that was kept in the end, according to the Syrian officer.

After tracing the place of the Russian pilot using his GPS, it was revealed that the pilot was being kept in a place 6km behind the frontline of the clashes between the Syrian army and the opposition.

Six fighters of Hezbollah’s special operation unit and 18 Syrian commandos approached the frontline to carry out the operations and the Russian air force and helicopters concurrently created hellfire in the region and destroyed the terrorists’ headquarters in a way that most of the enemy forces deployed in the region fled the scene and the ground was paved for the special unit’s advance.

The Syrian officer added that every move of the special units was monitored and covered precisely by the Russian satellites in a way that the slightest moves made 100 meters away from the area of operation was reported to them and every moment of the operation was reported to a very high-raking official in the Kremlin (that he thinks was president Putin) and it was clear that he was monitoring the entire operations through satellites from Moscow.

Nov 26 18:30

Turkey to Cooperate With Russia on Downed Su-24 - Turkish PM

Turkey will cooperate with Russia to reduce tensions over the incident with the Russian Su-24 shot down in Syria, the Turkish Air Force, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated in a column for The Times newspaper.

Nov 26 16:59

A fly will not fly: Russian air defense will cover Syria, Cyprus and southern Turkey

We expect that if Russia deploys the systems, it will comply with our Memorandum of understanding relating to aviation safety, and will not direct these systems against the aircraft of our coalition," said the Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza. These words surprised the Russian Ministry of defense. "What can I say? Until Tuesday we had generally shared this view, confident that our aircraft, destroying objects of ISIL, guaranteed from attacks by the US-led so-called "antiepilepsy coalition," said defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov. Posted on airbase Hmamin the s-400 covers almost the whole of Syria, southern Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, the Eastern Mediterranean and even most of Israel, including Jerusalem. Russian defense Ministry said that now all threaten for our aviation facilities objects will be immediately destroyed. Turkish pilots may feel panic now patrolling the border with Syria.

Nov 26 16:11

Bad Ass of The Week:Yosuf Alchagirov

November 1, 2013 would be unlike any of the previous 29,200+ days of Yusuf Alchagirov's life.

Today he was going to find himself locked in hand-to-hand combat with a pissed-off 1,000-pound Grizzly Bear armed with razor-sharp six-inch claws the size of kitchen knives and teeth specifically designed for crunching bone and disemboweling the meaty parts of organic life forms.

Yusuf Alchagirov had already had enough of this bear bullshit. The 80 year-old man froze for a second, staring unblinkingly into the predatory eyes of a voracious, man-eating, half-ton killing machine that was preparing to massacre and devour him in a flurry of spikes and gore. Only one thought passed through his mind:

I'm going to fuck this thing up and wear his balls as a hat.

Nov 26 15:54

Turkey accuses Russia of slander as Moscow has 39 businessmen arrested in wake of downed plane

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Moscow of slander after suggesting Ankara buys oil from Isil, while Russia detains dozens of Turkish businessmen and threatens sanctions

Nov 26 14:34

It Was Europe, Not Russia, That Was Hit by the Turkish F-16

The downing of the Russian bomber the day ?fter the forum of gas exporters in Iran and on the eve of the Obama - Hollande meeting can hardly be a coincidence...
The author is a veteran Russian journalist and founding editor of the investigative newspaper Stringer. He explains how the Turkish provocation could make Europe even more vulnerable to US blackmail.

US companies have invested heavily in Ukraine pipelines, but they’re worthless without Russian gas...

Nov 26 14:21

Russian government to come up with proposals on Turkish Stream soon — energy minister

Russia's prime minister gave the government two days to prepare restricting measures against Turkey...

Nov 26 14:20

Ukraine will celebrate the anniversary of Hitler’s ally on a state level

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted a decision to celebrate on a state level the 125th birthday of the founder of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, Evgeniy Konovalets. The corresponding resolution was supported by 235 deputies and was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament today. In the document, Konovalets was named an “outstanding Ukrainian”... Let us recall that in 1918 he led the repression of Kiev workers who rebelled against the Central Rada and in 1928 he headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists which after the ascent of the Nazis to power committed itself to a course of cooperation with Hitler’s Germany. “Time has tested our friendship and cooperation with Germans and has demonstrated that, despite numerous temptations to come to terms with the Poles, we have chosen the only correct orientation,” Konovalets wrote to Sheptitsky of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church...

Nov 26 14:17

UAF continues to shell Donetsk; fire fights resumed at Spartak

Despite yesterday’s statements on the prohibition of firing on the front line which was voiced by Ukrainian media, punitive forces are continuing to shell the outskirts of Donetsk...

Nov 26 14:14

Turkey refuses to hand materials on attack on Su-24M over to Russia

As a result of concentrated Russian airstrikes against militants, the Syrian governmental troops acquired full control over the mountainous areas in the northern part of the Latakia province. This completely blocked the cross-border deliveries of armaments, ammunition and materiel to the terrorists in this area. Moreover, the Russian aviation controls all main routes, which had been used for supplying the ISIS terrorist groups with weapons, ammunition and materiel in other regions in the north of Syria. Yesterday the Russian military attaché in Turkey visited the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces to receive recordings of the alleged radio talks between the crew of the Turkish F-16 fighter and the pilots of the Russian Su-24 bomber on November 23. The Russian military representative was informed that there was no possibility to hand over the materials concerning the attack of the Turkish F-16 fighter on the Russian aircraft on November 23.

Nov 26 14:10

Marwa Osman on Russia Today - Russia's right to self-defense

During the live special RT broadcast after the Su-24 plane was shot down by a Turkish F-16 jet, our colleague Marwa Osman explained the implications of what Turkey had just done, including what NATO might do, and what Russia could do. Marwa explained how Russia had the right to act according to article 51 of the UN charter - the right to self-defense.

Nov 26 14:08

Azerbaijan recalls Consul General from Turkey

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree to recall the Consul General of Azerbaijan in Istanbul and at the same time the permanent representative of Azerbaijan in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, Hasan Zeynalov, reports the official website of the President. Another decree of the President recalled from office the permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the UN office at Geneva and other international organizations, Murad Najafbeyli... Azerbaijan's two big brothers traditionally have been Russia and Turkey. However, this proud small resource rich nation was not eager to become a Western vassal as it has been pressured to. It has always honored the age old ties with Russia and prefers Russia's approach of mutual cooperation (and its meticulous balancing act in Nagorny Karabah dispute with Armenia) rather then Western approach of domination. Ilham Aliev's latest gesture is a strong move which shows whose side Azerbaijan is on.

Nov 26 14:03

Russian S-400 defense missile system deployed in Syria..further video

The S-400 Triumf system, also known as the SA-21 Growler, combines an advanced radar system, which can detect ballistic missiles and high- and low-flying aircraft from hundreds of miles away, with a variety of missiles capable of taking them out.....Anything from an F-15 fighter jet to a B-2 stealth bomber that comes into the range of the S-400 is at risk of being blown out of the sky.....

Nov 26 13:49

Russia's S-400 Arrives in Hmeymim Airbase in Syria

That was quick! You got your no-fly zone now Turkey!

Nov 26 13:08

McInerney: Turkey Shooting Down Russian Plane Was a 'Very Bad Mistake'

The former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force said that Turkey shooting down a Russian plane was a "very bad mistake and showed poor judgment."

Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney said on "Real Story" that a radar tracking map shows the plane crossing the very tip of Turkey, which he estimated lasted for 20-40 seconds, and on a trajectory back toward Syria.

Nov 26 11:42

Russia considers Polish FM's calls to annul Russia-NATO Founding Act extremely dangerous

"I would like to call your attention to a statement made by the Polish foreign minister who called for recognizing as invalid the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. "We consider such steps to be part of an ideological campaign to brainwash the public opinion in the West ahead of a regular NATO summit in Warsaw," Zakharova stressed. "We certainly consider such statements to be extremely dangerous and extremely provocative. They are evident of desire to make irreversible the alliance’s course towards military deterrence of our country. They can also be regarded as an attempt to legitimize NATO’s attempts to change the existing balance of forces in Europe," the Russian diplomat said.

Nov 26 10:50

Crimean blockade activists again prevent power line repairs

Activists of the Crimea blockade said on Thursday they would not allow workers to repair a power line leading from Ukraine into the Black Sea peninsula, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Ukrenergo national energy company has said. "We have 24 hours to complete the effort to repair the power line. However, the protesters say they will not allow us to repair works. At the moment the issue is being discussed. All the repair teams are ready to start completing the repair," Zinoviy Butsyo told the 112 TV channel. The repair works at the Kakhovskaya-Titan power line began on Tuesday, he said, while failing to confirm that the electricity supply to Crimea would be restored. "This will depend on the agreements between the protesters and the Kiev authorities."

Nov 26 10:49

Izaz first moments warplanes to target the Russian freight cars to a garage in the city 11/25/2015

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Look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't visible in this video are bomb craters indicating an air strike. Either something on board the convoy set off a fire and explosions, or Erdogan deliberately had this convoy blown up to frame Russia.

Nov 26 10:49

Donetsk Republic imposes 2-week embargo on coal supplies to Ukraine

The DPR’s decision has been prompted by Kiev’s delay of payments for coal supplies.

Russian convoys deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine: More than 100 vehicles brought more than 1,000 tons of humanitarian cargo, mainly food and medications, to Donetsk and Luhansk

Nov 26 10:44

Kiev forces shell railway station in Donetsk republic

"The mortar shelling occurred at around 6 a.m. in the suburb of the Yasinovatsky district, the territory of the Donetsk-Severny station," the head of the local administration, Yuri Yanenko, said. As a result of the shelling, a private house caught fire. The blaze was later extinguished by the rescuers. The shelling was carried out from the positions of the Kiev troops in the Pesky village near the Donetsk airport. No casualties have been reported.
OSCE: Ukraine's Shirokino, Gorlovka and Donetsk airport turn into trouble spots again
Ukrainian army continues moving military hardware to Donbas contact line — militia
Kiev forces accused of redeploying almost 40 tanks to Donbas disengagement line

Nov 26 10:41

Russian journalists who returned from Syria say militants attacked them deliberately

"We were fully equipped in accordance with the Geneva Convention with blue bulletproof vests, blue helmets, it was obvious where we are, whom we represent, but we were shelled, RT correspondent says.
Russian Foreign Ministry calls UN to react to incident with Russian reporters in Syria

Nov 26 10:30

Russia Cuts All Military Ties With Turkey

All military contacts with Turkey have been cut following the downing of Russia's Su-24 military jet, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

"Today, in accordance with a previously made decision, all cooperation channels have been cut between the Russian Defense Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.

"This concerns all ties, not just the so-called hotline that was launched in order to avoid possible air incidents during the destruction of terrorist infrastructure in Syria," he added.

Erdogan Says Turkey Will Not Apologize for Downing Russian Su-24
The decision has been made after Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday had shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which had been taking part in Russia's anti-terror campaign in Syria.

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Translation: the next time Turkey tries a hare-brained stunt like this, Russia will retaliate with full force.

Unfortunately, should this happen, Turkey, as a NATO member, can invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, stating expressly that if one member of the NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION is attacked, it is as if they they all have been attacked.

I wonder what odds the bookies in Vegas are giving on a near-immediate beginning of World War III.

Nov 26 10:29

Turkey’s annual revenues from Russian tourists stood at $10 bln — Russian tourism watchdog

Crimea freezes about 30 Turkish investment projects for $500 mln
Third day of protest outside Turkish embassy in Moscow: Hundreds of posters say: "Turkey will answer for the stab in the back", "Punishment inevitable"," "We don’t need the Turkish coast", "Hands off Syria" and "Turkey, you will be left without gas"
Russian-Turkish forum planned for December canceled — official
Russia's S-400 air defense system enters combat duty in Syria

Nov 26 10:20

Russia and Syria forces delivered massive strike at area of Russian Su-24 crash

The military of Russia and Syria delivered massive strikes at the territory where the pilot of Russia's Sukhoi Su-24M aircraft downed by the Turkish Air Force was rescued, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday. "As soon as our pilot was safe, Russian bombers and rocket artillery of the Syrian government forces delivered massive strikes at the mentioned area," Konashenkov said. "Terrorists and other mysterious groups acting in the area were destroyed," he said. The spokesman added that militants and other armed units equipped with advanced devices tried to hunt down the navigator of the downed Russian Sukhoi-24M jet. "I’d like to stress that apart from our search teams, the militants and other armed units equipped with devices for bearings were actively searching for the Russian pilot [who had managed to eject - TASS]," Gen Konashenkov said.

Nov 26 10:20

Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President

But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).

As Sputnik transcribes, according to a press release from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lavrov pointed out that, "by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS."

It was in this context when Lavrov added that "Turkey’s actions appear premeditated, planned, and undertaken with a specific objective."

More importantly, Lavrov pointed to Turkey’s role in the propping up the terror network through the oil trade. Per the Russian statement:

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Now, we know why Turkey is aligned with ISIS.

Were I a key player in NATO right now, I would get Turkey thrown out of this organisation, for playing both sides.

Unfortunately, however, this is complicated; the higher-ups in NATO seem to have agreed that Turkey will provoke Russia to the point of its invoking Article 5 of the UN Charter (where, if one NATO country gets attacked, it is as though all have been attacked, and must come to that one country's aid).

The downing of that Russia jet on Tuesday by Turkey felt very much like the opening salvos to World War III; I hope I am wrong, and that cooler heads will ultimately prevail.

But unfortunately, the US government needs a major war with which to distract an ever-more disenchanted public from the economic mess in which the US government has placed it.

Karl Marx got a lot of things wrong, but one thing he said which is bang spot-on is that "all wars are economic." That he got absolutely right.

Nov 26 10:17

Russian Defense Ministry refutes reports on destruction of relief convoy by Russian jets

Konashenkov drew the journalists’ attention to the fact that the photos and video materials from the scene did not show any craters from explosions and no splinters which were supposed to cut all the trucks subject to the shelling and bombardment. "Finally, nothing was left of those ammunitions. Therefore, we would recommend you not to try to pass off a burning truck convoy with munitions meant for the militants operating to the north of Aleppo as relief aid next time," the Russian general said. "The Turkish side never notified anybody that it was planning to send a relief convoy. Let alone, that any aid convoy should have special identification marks," he added.

Nov 26 10:11


I understand why Turkey shot down a Russian plane. Erdogan is only protecting his friends...

Nov 26 09:56

The Downing of Russia’s SU-24 Jet: 17 Seconds That Changed The World. Leaked Letter Exposes Turkey’s Hair-Trigger Reality

In the wake of an emergency NATO meeting this afternoon, new information has come to light. First, there’s Ankara’s letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15 members of the UN Security Council.

The highlighted passage reads: “Disregarding these warnings, both planes, at an altitude of 19,000 feet, violated Turkish national airspace to a depth of 1.36 miles and 1.15 miles in length for 17 seconds from 9:24:05 local time.”

So, as RT notes, even if we buy Turkey’s story (i.e. if we accept that Russia actually did violate Turkish airspace), then it would appear that Ankara has something of an itchy trigger finger. That is, Turkey was apparently willing to risk sparking a wider conflict between NATO and Russia over a 17 second incursion.

But something doesn’t sound right.

Journalists: Learn to do basic maths. Look at Turkey’s statement to UN: 1.15 miles / 17 seconds x 60 x 60 = 243 miles/hour = 391 km/hour

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 24, 2015

Nov 26 09:34

Damascus wants Russia to develop Syrian oil

Syrian authorities are hoping Russian companies will develop the country's offshore oil deposits, said Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem during a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

"We have data that oil and gas deposits on a shelf off the coast of Syria have enormous potential. And we hope to see not only Russian warships in Syria, but also platforms for extracting oil,” Muallem said on Thursday.

Nov 26 09:19

Top U.S. Air Defense Commander: Turkey’s Shootdown of Russian Jet “Had to Be PRE-PLANNED”

Yesterday, McInerney told Fox News – much to the surprise of the reporter interviewing him – that assuming the Turkish version of the flight path of the Russian jet is accurate, Russia wasn’t threatening Turkey, and that Turkey’s shoot down of the Russian jet “had to be pre-planned”, as the jet wasn’t in Turkish air space long enough for anything other than a premeditated attack to have brought it down:

Nov 26 08:59

Mystery over who bombed Turkish convoy allegedly carrying weapons to militants in Syria

A Turkish convoy, which according to some reports was transporting weapons to terrorist organizations, has been hit by apparent airstrikes in northwestern Syria.

Footage released online by the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) shows plumes of smoke from the burning trucks and people running about in panic. At least 20 trucks were engulfed in flames.

The mission, however, wasn’t sponsored or organized by the IHH, the group said. No organization has as yet confirmed that the convoy belonged to them.

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Turkey is claiming that this was a "humanitarian" convoy and Russia's attack on it is an act of war. But none of the humanitarian aid organizations are saying the convoy belonged to them.

Nov 26 08:49

Now Turkey says it didn't know doomed jet was Russian before shooting it out of the sky

The country's military said it was following the same protocol it would have for any aircraft as officials insisted they did not know the nationality of the bomber jet.

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Is Erdogen picking his talking points with a dart board?

Nov 26 08:31

The pilot Su-24 Oleg Peshkov did not kill any "Turkmens" but - Turks

MAIN pilots downed a Russian Su-24 had killed Oleg Peshkov no "Turkmens", but - Turks!

In Moscow have carefully analysed the video that appeared on YouTube that testify to a group of terrorists in the Syrian province of Latakia - which they called "Turkmens" - with exultant shouts of "Allahu Akbar!" Shot by the Russian pilots to descend by parachute and then kill sand.

First, it was determined that the main role in the liquidation of Peshkov played some Alpaslan Steel and that he praised the British agency Reuters that he and his "soldiers" killed sand. And soon afterwards, that he is not a Turkmen, but - a Turk from the town Kebano from the province Eljazig.

Somewhat later it was found that steel has an account on Twitter and on the photographs often holds his index finger raised upward. That explained everything.

So forefinger lifted up by members of the Turkish extreme nationalist youth organization Bozrkurt - "Grey Wolves".

Nov 26 08:19

Erdogan Says Turkey Will Not Apologize for Downing Russian Su-24

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara will not apologise to Russia for shooting down a Su-24 bomber jet.

Nov 26 08:19

Ankara defends ISIS, Turkish officials have financial interest in oil trade with group - PM Medvedev

Some Turkish officials have ‘direct financial interest’ in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said as he detailed possible Russian retaliation to Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in Syria on Tuesday.

Nov 26 08:11

Russian Warplanes Target Turkish Weapons Convoy in Syria

The airstrikes hit the trucks which were carrying weapons from Turkey to the Takfiri terrorists fighting in Syria near Azaz town in Aleppo on Wednesday.

Nov 26 08:11

Russia launches economic war on Turkey

It appears that Russia will take efforts to expose the details of Turkey's cooperation with terrorist groups in Syria to the international community. Russia will restrict imports of a variety of goods from Turkey. Suppliers already have to deal with many problems at customs posts. Importers say that cargo registration was actually stopped... "In each case, measures are taken in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation; the products in question relate to a high-risk group," a message on the website of the Russian Agency for Consumer Rights said. "There is no embargo being introduced, but as various manifestations of extremism are increasing, we are taking additional control measures," Peskov said, RIA Novosti reports.

Nov 26 08:05

Crimea blackout and blockade: a failed Kiev attempt to blackmail Russia

Why did Kiev decide to create problems for Crimea in such a strange way? I suggest that we observe Ukrainian politicians' traditional desire to bargain. Mister Poroshenko is showing Russia that he can make problems for Crimea and in doing so he is most likely hoping to conclude a more favorable contract for the supply of electricity to Ukraine from Russia. Of course, the situation looks strange: Kiev now resembles a village drunkard trying to blackmail the local general store by gnawing at the electrical connections of the store. However, I think that Mr. Poroshenko simply doesn’t have any other choice. There is so little money in the budget of Ukraine that any attempt to honestly comply with agreements would guarantee that the country be led into final bankruptcy. Will Russia come to aid our misguided Ukrainian brothers? I think not this time.

Nov 26 08:04

Who’s in Control? Obama or the generals?

US President Barack Obama’s business-like meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit at the weekend belies a spate of bellicose comments made by the Pentagon towards Moscow. So, who is in control: Obama or the generals?

The two leaders held an earnest 35-minute face-to-face discussion on the opening day of the G20 conference in Antalya, Turkey. The gathering of the world’s top 20 economic nations was dominated by the massive terror attack in Paris two days earlier, which claimed at least 129 lives and hundreds more wounded.

Obama’s meeting with Putin – their first since Russia launched its military intervention in Syria nearly seven weeks ago – was described by the White House as “constructive”.

The American president even appeared to welcome Russian airstrikes against terror groups fighting the Syrian government, most prominently Islamic State (IS) jihadists, also known as ISIL.

Nov 26 07:54

NATO Provokes Russia In Crimea As Syria Tensions Rise

By Brandon Turbeville

As the situation in Syria heats up on the heels of the Turkish shoot down of a Russian military jet, the situation in Ukraine is doing the same as the Western-backed fascist Kiev regime is once again poking the Russian bear, presumably at the behest of the NATO powers...

Nov 26 07:48

Turkey's Erdogan says Russian response to downed jet "emotional" and "unfitting"

Nov 26 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday dismissed "emotional" and "unfitting" suggestions that projects with Russia could be cancelled following Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border.

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"Oh my goodness, such a FUSS they are making just because we back-shot one of their airplanes and murdered their pilot! Sheesh, what a tempest in a teacup, already!" -- The Turkey in Chief

Nov 26 07:47

Russian businesses boycott Turkey over jet incident

Russia’s largest tour operators are terminating their business with Turkey in response to the Kremlin's travel warning to the country in the aftermath of the downing of a Russian warplane.

Major operators Pegas Touristik, Natalie Tours, Biblio Globus and Tez Tour have announced they are ending package holidays to Turkey.

Nov 26 06:16

Obama and Merkel Are Fighting to Get Russia Sanctions Renewed

It's Obama and Merkel versus Germany's #2, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, with EU's Juncker and France's Hollande somewhere in the middle. Despite the emerging cooperation in the fight against the jihadist militia Islamic State (IS), western sanctions against Russia, which were introduced because of the annexation of Crimea and the Ukraine crisis, are to be renewed - according to a newspaper report. A preliminary decision regarding this was taken on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Turkey one week previously, the FAZ reported citing groups of participants. During the G20 summit in Antalya a group of five agreed to maintain the sanctions, for as long as the Minsk agreements on the Ukraine conflict have not been implemented, reported the FAZ. The group therefore decided to extend the sanctions, which would expire at the end of the year, to July 2016.

Nov 26 06:08

Russian FM Wants to Know If US Greenlighted Turkish Ambush of Su-24 Warplane

“Some members of the coalition, including those providing their combat planes for strikes against Iraq and Syria have confided to us the planes involved were of US manufacture and the Americans normally request US permission for such operations”. Then Lavrov went even further posing a direct question: “As far as I understand, our plane was downed by a US-made F-16. It remains to be seen whether the US requirement is applicable to Turkey, and if it is, I would like to know if Turkey had asked the United States for permission to send its planes on a combat mission and to shoot down a plane, albeit probably an identified one, over Syrian territory.” The implications posed by Lavrov's doubts are important and should not be underestimated by western powers. They directly call into question the possible liability of the USA in Ankara's military action and If this were to be the case, the SU-24 downing would take quite a different twist.

Nov 26 06:07

Is Turkey Starting a Proxi-War for NATO?

It is clear, Turkey hosting the recent G20 meeting and subscribing to the east-west ‘coalition’ of fighting the ISIS / DAESH / Al Qaeda terror, was a loosely disguised farce.

Did Turkey just provoke a proxi-war on behalf of NATO against Russia? – Turkey knew very well that the Russian SU-24 fighter jet was inside Syria’s borders and that even as it may have been close to Turkey it was no threat for Turkey. Russia’s mission was clear to all the 19 nations which attended the G20 meeting some 10 days ago in Antalya, Turkey, when the entire group unanimously decided to cooperate in fighting the Islamic State (IS – or Daesh, according to its Arabic acronym).

Nov 26 06:04

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

It is only a matter of time before the rhetorical shell game conducted by the terrorist sponsors comes unstuck.

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria.

Such a coalition might seem reasonable, even desirable, to most people. But it is profoundly unacceptable, tacitly, to Washington because it would further expose the criminal nature of the Western-sponsored regime-change operation in Syria.

Washington and its allies do not want Russia to participate in an effective military coalition that would accelerate the destruction of the mercenary terror army that the Western powers have covertly invested in. In that regard, French President Francois Hollande seems to have momentarily lost the devious plot by proposing such an alliance with Russia.

Nov 26 06:02

Manufacturing a phony caliphate

Carefully-orchestrated snuff films directed by media experts.

Image is the most important element of the vaunted but fictional “new caliphate”. This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?

Nov 26 06:02

Putin Makes the West Accountable for Ukraine's Debt Dodging

At the G20 summit in Turkey, Vladimir Putin said that “Since our Western partners believe Ukraine’s solvency will improve, and we have no reason to doubt this, our partners shouldn’t hesitate to guarantee the loan”. He noted that the Russian Federation had asked for such guarantees either from the US or the EU - or even from one of the international financial institutions. “We hope that this issue will be resolved by the beginning of December this year in view of the specific timetable of the International Monetary Fund,” - said Putin. Some commentators are already implying sarcastically that Putin's proposal not to demand full repayment of Ukraine’s debt this year as the charity of impotence. They say, “we don’t have the ability to force the money from Kiev.” That’s why Putin gave the Ukraine the option of paying in installments of $1 billion a year, till 2018, adding a little paragraph that changes everything. Namely, he asked the West guarantee the repayment.

Nov 26 04:23

Sultan Erdogan's War on...Russia

Erdogan is on a mission from Allah — at least his version of Allah. The downing of the Su-24 is just the preamble. Get ready, because 2016 promises an even bigger bang.

Nov 26 04:12

Turkey Must Pay for the Crime Against the Russian Aircraft

Instead of immediately apologising to Moscow for the Turkish Air Force downing the Russian SU-24 being part of the Russian Air Force group from the Hmeymim base, whose war with IS terrorists and other terrorist groups on Syrian territory is not just empty words, but real action, Ankara was quick to come out with offensive attacks against Russia. And for some reason, it then went on to demand that the NATO Council convene, although not only wasn’t Turkey attacked, but rather itself committed an act of aggression. It is impossible to differently interpret the attack on the plane of the anti-terrorist coalition performing the mission to destroy terrorist locations in Syria. Moreover, the Turkish F-16 did it when the SU-24 was in Syrian airspace.

Nov 26 03:58

Turkey Downs Russian Fighter to Draw NATO and US Deeper into Syrian Quagmire

On Tuesday, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that was carrying out military operations against jihadi groups in Northern Syria. The downing of the Su-24 fighter jet is part of a broader plan by the administration of Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan to topple the secular government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and to establish “safe zones” on the Syrian side of the Turkish-Syrian border. Erdogan needs the safe zones to provide a sanctuary for the militant extremists who are the footsoldiers in his war against Syria. The downing of the Russian fighter is a desperate attempt by Erdogan to incite a reaction from Russia that will draw either NATO or the United States deeper into a conflict which has dragged on for 4 and a half years and killed 250,000 people.

Nov 25 23:34

Was The U.S. Involved In The Turkish Attack Against The Russian Jet?

Obama continues his immensely destructive policies in the Middle East with zero regard to the all the bad outcomes these are likely to have for the people there as well as for Europe. One again wonders if all these action follow from sheer incompetence or from some devilish, ingenious strategic planning.

Nov 25 20:35

Turkey releases audio of 'warning' to downed Russia jet

"Lousy audio recordings are impossible to fake" - Official White Horse Souce

Nov 25 20:29

Ukraine closes airspace to all Russian planes

Ukraine has banned all Russian planes from using its airspace and exports of Russian gas to Ukraine have been halted by state-controlled giant Gazprom.

The decision was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a televised government meeting.

Gazprom said it had halted gas deliveries to Ukraine because it had used up all the gas it had paid for.

But Ukraine said it had stopped buying from Gazprom because it could get cheaper gas from Europe.

The airspace ban applies to military planes as well as civil airliners.

Nov 25 16:06

Western Media Fail to Condemn Turkish Aggression

Failure to condemn clear aggression shows support. Turkey’s act of war was clear and unambiguous - recklessness against Russia’s real war on terror, polar opposite America’s phony war, backing ISIS and other terrorist groups, not combatting them.

Nov 25 16:04

Russia says Turkey’s attack on jet was “planned provocation” as Ankara moves tanks near Syrian border

On Tuesday evening, we took a close look at the circumstances surrounding Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border. The incident was the most meaningful escalation in the conflict to date and marks the first time a Russian or Soviet plane has been downed by NATO since 1953.

Nov 25 15:15

Drudge Sends the Biggest Secret Viral: “America Has Been Arming ISIS”

The biggest open secret in the world has just been tweeted by the world’s biggest news aggregator.

This bombshell tweet echoes numerous reports from the alternative media pointing out the sick truth behind the shocking resurgence of terrorism that ISIS is the creation of Western forces, and that the United States has in fact been arming and supporting their own worst enemy:


Nov 25 14:11

Ukraine's Right Sector nationalists deploy battalion near contact line — militia

Ten self-propelled guns, 18 tanks, 30 mechanised infantry combat vehicles and 300 troops have allegedly been deployed near the villages of Konstantinovka, Artyomovo and Opytnoye...

Nov 25 14:06

Russia ready to consider steps to close Turkish-Syrian border — Lavrov

"Going back to the news conference of Presidents of France and the United States Francois Hollande and Barack Obama in Washington, I noticed that the French president suggested taking steps to close the Turkish-Syrian border to stop both the flow of militants and terrorist financing," the Russian minister said. "It is significant that President Obama did not respond to this in any way, but I think it’s the right suggestion."
Russian Foreign Ministry: Lavrov didn't agree to meet with Turkish foreign minister
Crimea cuts off relations with Turkish business
US imposes sanctions against World Chess Federation chief for support to Syrian government

Nov 25 13:54

The Turkish Embassy was hit with stones, tomatoes and eggs

Glasses of second and third floors of the Embassy are broken, the stones were in the offices of employees...
At the Embassy a lot of stones, broken glass. The windows of the building shattered, everywhere traces of paint
Turkish embassy in Moscow attacked over Su-24 incident - About 900 people gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Moscow. They just threw stones, eggs, tomatoes and paint at the embassy building breaking about 15 windows on the first and second floors. The protest action lasted for about 15 minutes. None of the protesters was detained.

Nov 25 12:26

Amabo and Ednalloh speak about Russia through the looking glass

Presidents of the United States and France, Barack Obama and Francois Hollande, refused to create an anti-terrorist coalition with Russia to combat the Islamic State terrorist group. Originally, Paris pointed the need of such an association with the participation of Moscow and Washington. Chairman of Pravda.Ru Board of Directors, Vadim Gorshenin, shared his views on why the plans have changed and how it may affect the conflict in Syria. The results of the negotiations between Hollande and Obama are not only a failure, but they are also ridiculous. The presidents said at a joint press conference that they were not prepared to include Russia in the coalition against the Islamic State unless Russia refused to support Assad. There is a lot to laugh about here. For example, did they ask Russia, if she wanted to join the coalition under the leadership of the United States? In addition, what is the point for Russia to take part in a failed project that had showed its meaningless before?

Nov 25 12:11

Turkey and Ukraine work on Plan B against Russia

The things that have happened recently do not happen by chance. The video of the downing of the Russian plane appeared immediately. It appears that the person who made the video was prepared and was waiting for the plane to be shot down. Soon after the incident, Ankara stated that it was requesting consultations from NATO and the UN. Prior to that, media reports appeared about the Russian Air Force group bombing a Turkmen village on the border with Syria. In another episode, the Kiev administration took a suicidal step to deprive the Crimean Peninsula of electric power. Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk suddenly realized that the agreement for the supply of electric power to the Crimea was signed by criminal figures as the text of the document mentions the federal region of the Crimea, and not a Ukrainian autonomous territory. Strangely enough, the agreement was signed when Yatsenyuk was already in the office.

Nov 25 11:22

Anti-tank gun used in deadly jihadi attack on Russian chopper 'was AMERICAN'

Syrian insurgents reportedly blew up the chopper using US-supplied arms, killing one Russian soldier involved in the rescue mission.

The helicopter was searching for the two pilots from the Russian bomber downed by Turkey after it flew close to its border with Syria.

Video footage claims to show members of the Free Syrian Army, who are part-funded and trained by the US and Turkey, hitting the helicopter with a US-made TOW anti-tank missile.

The world's nerves will be jangling at the claimed use of a US weapon directly against Russia.

The video shows a zoomed-in shot of the gun's instructions, which are written in English.

Nov 25 11:18

Turkey Is Lying — Paul Craig Roberts

We know that Turkey is lying for three reasons.

One reason is that NATO governments lie every time that they open their mouths.

A second reason is that Turkey’s claim that the SU-24 was in Turkey’s airspace for 17 seconds but only traveled 1.15 miles means that the SU-24 was flying at stall speed! The entire Western media was too incompetent to do the basic math!

Nov 25 11:14

It's terrifying how easily Turkey and Russia could take the world to the brink...

So how will Putin respond? Russia’s first retaliatory military act is likely to be a relentless assault on the Turkmen rebels. If and when that happens, for the first time since Russia’s incursion into Syria two months ago, the Russian air force will be brought into direct military conflict with the moderate rebels funded, trained and armed by the West and its allies.

This would occur just as dozens of American Special Forces arrive in Syria to embed themselves with those very same Western-backed anti-Assad rebels.

The prospect of Russia and the West engaging in this way in the military arena can only be met with horror.


What is really needed is for the West to focus its attentions not on defeating President Assad — who is of no real threat to us — but instead on forming an international coalition with Russia, in order to crush the extremist forces which have taken root in Syria.

Nov 25 10:28

Interview with rescued Russian Su24 Pilot (Video)

After being shot down by a Turkish F-16, the pilot was rescued by the Syrian Arab Army, escorted for 2 hours, before finally making it back to the airbase in Latakia. It is a miracle that he was not shot and killed as he descended in his parachute. One thing is for sure, the Turkish narrative of the events is dubious at best. We hope this man will be gifted the opportunity to exact revenge on the ISIS-supporting assailants.

Nov 25 10:27

Russian customs unofficially stops the flow of Turkish goods

Customs brokers are now disengaged in the clearance of goods from Turkey, told the radio station "Moscow speaking" about an unspoken ban on TCF imports of goods from that country. One of the interlocutors of the radio station that is engaged in the import of products said, in an interview to "Moscow speaking", that today they did not accept the customs Declaration for the issue of Turkish goods of all categories and recommend the carriers to issue a re-export. "Any kind of official paper was not shown to anybody, but the point is that for the goods today, the Turkish issue was impossible. The machine that is used is slowing down, and for those that already arrived, a re-export was issued. The goods that arrived by air, are also experiencing the same problem," the source added. Source in the Federal customs service said to "Moscow speaking" that the customs officers gave the order of 100% screening of cargo from Turkey, and then to leave them at the warehouse of temporary storage.

Nov 25 09:37


A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace and was flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters.

Nov 25 09:16

Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself and its airspace

Nov 25 09:00

Russia-China Relations and the Downing of Russia’s Jet Fighter by Turkey

The downing of a Russian jet fighter over Syria’s airspace was undertaken by Turkey in consultation with Washington and Brussels. Turkey did not take this decision without getting the greenlight from the Pentagon.

Is this an act of revenge against Russia for bombing the US-sponsored Islamic State in Syria?

The unspoken truth is that Russia is undermining US-NATO’s ground operations inside Syria. The latter are made up of various Al Qaeda affiliated formations which de facto constitute the foot-soldiers of the Western alliance. These ISIS and Al Nusrah rebel forces are in turn led by intelligence operatives and Western special forces, many of whom are deployed by private mercenary companies on contract to US-NATO.

The downing of Russia’s plane by Turkey is a clear act of provocation. What is its broader intent?

How will backlash at the diplomatic level? Is military escalation contemplated by Washington?

Nov 25 08:57

Russia says Turkey’s shooting of jet was ‘planned’

Russia moved to reinforce its military base in Syria and ratcheted up criticism of Turkey on Wednesday as the U.S. and German leaders called for an easing of tensions after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

Later in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the downing of the fighter jet a “planned provocation.”

“We have no intention to go to war with Turkey,” Lavrov added.

Nov 25 08:56

Israeli Colonel Caught with IS Pants Down

This was definitely not supposed to happen. It seems that an Israeli military man with the rank of colonel was “caught with IS pants down.” By that I mean he was captured amid a gaggle of so-called IS–or Islamic State or ISIS or DAESH depending on your preference–terrorists, by soldiers of the Iraqi army. Under interrogation by the Iraqi intelligence he apparently said a lot regarding the role of Netanyahu’s IDF in supporting IS.

Nov 25 08:53

Did NATO Just Attack Russia, Or Was It Climate Change’s Fault?

I began this morning reporting on Britain’s next king saying climate change is partly responsible for Syria’s civil war, and his blaming the refugee crisis and civil war there on drought. In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Prince Charles waxes profoundly over the lost Copenhagen climate accord in 2009, and on far reaching strategies you probably never even dreamed of. Then the news came a Russian SU24 fighter/bomber had been shot down by Turkey, and the world turned over. As I type this Twitter, Facebook, and the digital media stream is inundated with a foreign policy horror story. All I can see is Vladimir Putin’s face as Jordan’s king spoke with him, and images of Mr. Obama’s “moderates” machine gunning a pilot before his parachute set down. I wonder if the bad climate will be the cause of World War III?

Nov 25 08:52

Russian Jet Shoot Down: What They're Not Telling You

Nov 25 08:50

Russia releases radar analysis of downed jet

Objective monitoring data confirmed that the Turkish warplane did not make any attempt to establish communication or visual contact with the Russian bomber. The missile hit the SU-24M aircraft over the territory of Syria. The bomber’s crash place is on the territory of Syria four kilometers away from the border.

Nov 25 08:49

Why did Turkey dare shoot down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its boldness. Russia may no longer be a superpower, but it is a nuclear-armed great power. The newly elected Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his mentor President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey can rule without the help of any other party in parliament, and seems determined to double down on its policy of intervening in Syria.

Nov 25 08:46

Rescued Russian pilot: We received no visible or audible warnings from Turkey; our plane did not violate Turkish airspace for even a single second.

Rescued Russian pilot: We received no visible or audible warnings from Turkey; our plane did not violate Turkish airspace for even a single second.

Nov 25 08:46

Al-Zoubi: shooting the Russian plane violates Syria’s sovereignty, unmasks Turkey’s support to terrorists

Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said that shooting the Russian plane over the Syrian soil violates the Syrian sovereignty and reveals the Turkish role in supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria, on top of which the ISIS “Daesh”.

Nov 25 08:42

Armata tank designer convicted of treason

According to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Lyudomirsky was found to have collaborated with a foreign country, passing valuable information on new developments in the Russian arms industry.

Nov 25 08:41

Obama: Without "strategic shift" in Russia, no cooperation against IS

France's Francois Hollande was unable Tuesday to overcome President Barack Obama's skepticism about a possible collaboration with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State, a goal the U.S. leader said depends on a previous "strategic shift" by Moscow.

In a meeting at the White House, Obama and Hollande agreed to "intensify" strikes against the IS in Iraq and Syria, while at the same time attacking jihadist funding and doing a better job of sharing intelligence.

Hollande was visiting Washington on the diplomatic marathon he has pursued since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, in hopes of merging into one the separate coalitions currently led by the United States and Russia in Syria.

Obama's response was unchanged from what the president has said in recent weeks: it will be "difficult" to cooperate unless Russia shifts the target of its attacks in Syria, which, according to the U.S., are mostly aimed at groups in opposition to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

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Basically Obama is demanding Putin get on board the agenda of ousting Assad.

Nov 25 08:36

Turkey Intel Chief: Putin's Intervention in Syria Is Against Islam, ISIS Is a Reality That We Accept

Turks in their own words - article from October long before the downing of the Russian warplane:

Call on west to back 'Islamist revolutionaries' and 'thwart Putin'

Did Turkey ambush the Russian jet to nudge the west in its prefered direction?

Nov 25 08:35

Kremlin: Turkish Government Has Direct Links to ISIS Oil Trade

Some Turkish officials have ‘direct financial interest’ in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said as he detailed possible Russian retaliation to Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane in Syria on Tuesday.

Nov 25 08:34

LAUGHABLE: Turkey's Own Evidence Contradicts Its Story on Downed Russian Plane

Turk's own evidence shows the Russian jet spent some 20 seconds over their territory - so how could it have received numerous warnings to exit?

Nov 25 08:29

U.S. Claims Turkey Shooting Down Russian Plane was "Defense"

Nov 25 08:19

Russia to bolster Syria base, eyes economic retaliation against Turkey

Russia is to send an advanced air defense system to reinforce its air base in Syria and is considering cancelling a raft of joint business projects with Ankara after Turkey shot down of one of its warplanes, top government officials said.

The incident, which resulted in the killing of one of the SU-24 plane's two pilots and a Russian marine, has thrown Russo-Turkish relations into crisis and cooled Kremlin hopes of rapprochement with the West.

On Wednesday, the Kremlin said Moscow would dispatch an S-400 air defense system to bolster its Khmeimim air base in Syria's Latakia province, an advanced weapons system that can be used to shoot down planes at long distance.

Nov 25 08:17

BEX ALERT - The Russians had it coming to them

Now the Turks have shot down a Russian warplane, Mr Putin might finally understand that if you play with fire, you end up getting burned

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Con Coughlin likes to talk tough, but then it is easy to talk tough from a comfortable office thousands of miles away from the war zones! Mr. Con Coughlin, however, seems ignorant of the realities of the situation.

Russia is in Syria at the invitation of Syria's government, to assist Syria in dealing with the western-backed terrorists operating as a proxy army to oust Syria's elected President Assad and replace him with a western puppet. The United States does not have the permission of Syria's government to be in the country bombing economic infrastructure. Neither does France, nor Great Britain, nor NATO.

The Russian plane was not attacking Turkey. Turkey unilaterally extended their borders five miles into Syria for a "security zone" some months back. Russia was on the Syrian side of the internationally recognized border, and penetrated Turkey's "security zone" for a total of 14 seconds. Turkey violated Syria's airspace to chase and shoot down the Russian plane, and even the United States has acknowledged Turkey's violation of Syrian airspace in this incident.

Back in 2012, A Turkish aircraft penetrated deeply into Syria and was shot down. At that time, Erdogen insisted a single border incursion did not justify an attack, and in 2014, Turkey violated Greek airspace an average of six times every single day! Con Coughlin is clearly ignorant of the facts of this matter!

Nov 25 08:10

‘Turkish jets gave us no warning before shooting’ – rescued pilot of downed Russian Su-24

As well as denying Ankara’s assertions that the plane was in Turkey’s airspace, Murakhtin also refuted Turkish officials’ claims that the pilots were warned repeatedly.

“In actual fact there were no warnings at all. Neither through the radio, nor visually, so we did not at any point adjust our course. You need to understand the difference in speed between a tactical bomber like a Su-24, and that of the F16. If they wanted to warn us, they could have sat on our wing,” said Murakhtin, who is currently recuperating at Russia’s airbase in Latakia, northern Syria.

“As it was, the missile hit the back of our plane out of nowhere. We didn’t even have time to make an evasive maneuver.”

Nov 25 07:58

French parliamentarian urges lifting of sanctions from Russia

France should put an end to the policy of sanctions against Russia, the former president of the French National Assembly, Patrick Ollier, said ahead of a visit to Russia by French President Francois Hollande.

Nov 25 07:58

Turkey Violated Greek Airspace 2,244 Times Last Year, Fires At Russia For Doing It Once

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane for violating its airspace Tuesday, but the Turkish air force does the exact same thing several times a day in Greece.

Nov 25 07:56

About 300 US Soldiers Training Six Ukrainian Battalions - Pentagon

Some 300 US soldiers are taking part in a new phase of Ukrainian forces training, which involves several battalions of regular and special forces, US Defense Department spokesperson Jeff Davis said in a press release.

Nov 25 07:51

US-dominated NATO supports Turkish aggression against Russia

Make no mistake. Downing Russia's aircraft was provocative Turkish aggression - a clear act of war against a nonthreatening nation.

It's inconceivable President Erdogan acted alone, unilaterally deciding to attack the Russian plane - then lying about it entering Turkish airspace, warning "10 times" (an absurdity on its face) before downing it with one or more air-to-air missiles.

Following the incident, he outrageously said he acted in accordance with Turkey's rules of engagement. "Nobody should doubt that we made our best efforts to avoid this latest incident," adding he harbors no "enmity" toward Russia. Naked aggression speaks for itself.

Nov 25 07:44

Downing of Russian Su-24 looks like a planned provocation - Lavrov

The downing of a Russian warplane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a pre-planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister said. Ankara failed to communicate with Russia over the incident, he added.
“We have serious doubts that this act was unintentional. It looks very much like a preplanned provocation,” Lavrov said, citing Turkey’s failure to maintain proper communication with Russia, the abundance of footage of the incident and other evidence.
Lavrov added that many Russian partners called the incident “an obvious ambush.”

Nov 25 07:43

Attack against Russian Sukhoi-24 was not accidental, says retired general

Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24 frontline bomber participating in the Russian air group’s operation against the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) in Syria has caused no damage to Turkey’s ground infrastructures and it could have by no means pursued such aims, so the attack against it was a deliberate show of muscle, Major General Alexander Tsalko, retired, a member of the non-governmental Foreign and Defense Policy Council, told TASS.

Tsalko, a former military pilot himself, said Turkey was perfectly aware that Russia’s air and space group was focused on the ground targets of the Islamic State in Syria and could by no means seek to cause damage to Turkey, Moscow’s old-time trading and economic ally.

Nov 25 07:12

Stephen Lendman: 'Inconceivable that Turkey acted independently - Washington complicit in downing Russian jet?'

"IS has big money, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling (stolen Syrian) oil. In addition, they are protected by the military of an entire nation," Putin stressed - leaving no doubt he means Turkey, well aware of Washington using ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as proxy foot soldiers against Assad's legitimate government. He went on:

"One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly, why they kill people in such atrocious ways, why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including in the heart of Europe."

Nov 25 07:04

Kiev bans all transit flights across Ukraine’s airspace for all Russian air carriers — PM

Ukraine fully closed its airspace for Russian air carriers, including transit flights, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday. "Russian airlines and Russian aircraft are not entitled to use the Ukrainian airspace anymore," the prime minister said.

Crimea opens criminal case of subversion against power blockade organizers. Suspects may be put on the international wanted list, Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya told TASS

Nov 25 06:53

Putin: Russia will move S-300 air defense systems to its base in Syria

"We will take the most serious attitude to what has happened and all of our means will be employed for maintaining security," the Russian president states. Earlier, the Russian defense minister noted that Russia's S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be moved to the Hmeimim air base in Syria...
Moscow will scrutinize all Russian-Turkish projects including the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday when answering a question from TASS. This is the world's first nuclear power plant project, which is implemented under the model of BOO ("build-own-operate). The plant will be served by Turkish specialists. For this purpose students from Turkey were given an opportunity to receive specialized education in Russian universities. According to expert estimates, the future nuclear power plant will generate about 17% of all electricity consumed in Turkey...

Nov 25 06:47

Putin: Turkish leadership purposefully supports Islamization of country

"The problem is not in the tragedy we faced yesterday (the Su-24 incident), the problem is much deeper," the Russian leader told reporters. "We see — and not only we, I assure you that the entire world sees that — that the current leadership of Turkey has been for a number of years pursuing a purposeful policy of support and the Islamization of the country." "We ourselves support Islam and will continue doing so, but the point at issue is the support of a more radical branch. And that in itself creates a very unfavorable environment, the atmosphere that one cannot see at first sight," Putin said. "After yesterday’s event, we cannot rule out other incidents and if they happen, we will have to respond somehow. Our citizens in Turkey can, certainly, be in serious danger," Putin said, adding that he supported Foreign Ministry recommendations urging Russians not to visit Turkey.

Nov 25 06:39

Russia planning no war with Turkey — FM

Sergey Lavrov after talks with his Turkish counterpart said Moscow's attitude towards Turkish people has not changed though it has changed towards the Turkish leadership. The Russian leadership has no plans to pay visits to Turkey or receive its representatives in Moscow, the Foreign Minister Sergey said. "We’re not willing to artificially create problems for Turkish producers and exporters who do not bear responsibility for what has happened. We’re not willing to create additional problems for our companies, which cooperate with the Turkish side either. But we cannot leave what has happened unanswered," the minister said. "I have heard condolences from (Turkish Foreign) Minister Cavusoglu, but all the other statements were aimed at justifying the Turkish position." According to the Russian minister, Cavusoglu assured him that Ankara wants to preserve friendly ties with Moscow.

Nov 25 03:50

Turkey Has Destroyed Russia’s Hope Of Western Cooperation

To the extent that the shoot-down of the Russian military aircraft has a silver lining, the incident has likely saved the Russian government from a coalition in which Russia would have lost control of its war against ISIL and would have had to accept the defeat of Assad’s removal.

Each step along the way the Russian government has held strong cards that it did not play, trusting instead to diplomacy. Diplomacy has now proven to be a deadend. If Russia does not join the real game and begin to play its strong cards, Russia will be defeated.