The already-deteriorated relations between Syria and Turkey have fallen to the lowest ebbs since the Syrian security forces shot down a warplane of Turkey on Friday. It should be noted here that two crew members of the plane luckily remained safe.
Initially, it was reported that the jet had crashed in the international waters after developing some technical fault. Later, it transpired the security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shot down the fighter jet allegedly for violating the airspace. The Assad regime alleges the warplane was on an espionage mission and therefore it was shot down.
Turkey, having moved its troops along the border with Syria, has threatened to attack Syrian security forces. Turkey is reportedly also planning to move the United Nations Security Council over the fighter jet incident. The local media reports that Turkey has deployed around 15 tanks and armored vehicles on the Syrian border to deal with any untoward situation. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan clearly warned Syria on Tuesday of a military action if Syrian security forces violated the troubled border line. Encouraged by the NATO alliance, Turkey has sent a clear message to the Syrian dictator.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has also condemned the Syrian regime over the fighter jet episode and called the incident as “unacceptable.” He urged Syrian authorities to refrain from any such incident, as recurrence may spark a full-fledge war between both the countries.
Bashar al-Assad has already said the country is already faced with a war-like situation and alleged the US and other western powers are conspiring against the country. He urged the security forces and all other relevant departments to work diligently to foil the designs of detractors of Syria.
Once again living up to its expectations, Russia has come to rescue the Syrian regime. Russia said the world powers should exercise restraint and do not go overboard on the Syrian crisis. Russia advised the world powers not to see the downing of the plane as provocation and should focus on peaceful solution to the problem. Russia said there is a need to implement the six-point peace plan of UN-Arab League envoyto bring stability in Syria. It should be noted that Assad has already plainly refused to implement the proposed peace plan.
Turkey is one of the fieriest opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has been demanding the dictator to step aside for betterment of the people and country. Erdogan has even urged the international community to launch a military operation against the tyrant as they did in Libya against the decades-old autocrat, Col. Muammer al-Qaddafi. It is reported that Turkey, being a neighbor of Syria, has also been arming Syrian rebels to fight against the security forces loyal to the regime. The country has also offered asylum to hundreds of pro-democracy Syrians.