Earlier this week, a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian Su-24 which Ankara said had violated its airspace near the Syrian border. A public relations and media struggle ensued, with both countries releasing their own versions of the Russian plane’s flight path. Turkey released audio recordings of its warnings to the fighter to turn away, and both countries engaged in economic and military posturing.
Sarah Lain wrote on Turkey’s ‘overreaction’ to the airspace transgression, but also pointed out that this show of strength may force Russia to focus it’s behaviour:
Another challenge for Turkey is that if it had indeed …read more