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Tensions between Russia and Turkey spark chain reaction

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

12-04-2015 15:54 BJT

By Han Xudong, National Defense University

Since the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 warplane over Syria near the Turkish border on Nov. 24, the incident has caused a series of deep reactions. Europe began to interfere in a bid to strengthen its influence over the Middle East.


Due to the "warplane incident," Moscow has intensified air strikes on Syria, especially in the northern region, which has forced more refugees to rush to Europe.

Under such conditions, the European Union (EU) decided to provide 3 billion euro to Ankara and launch further negotiations about Turkey joining the EU. By showing kindness, the EU wants to play a pivotal role to ease tensions between Moscow and Ankara, and boost its relationship with Moscow.

Once the EU becomes more independent on foreign military affairs, it can overlap the United States. Since Moscow found a reason to enhance its airstrikes on Syria, the US has gotten more passive.

Invited by the Assad government in Damascus, Moscow started airstrikes on Syria. By virtue of the resolution of the United Nations Security Council, Moscow continued those strikes. However, Moscow's actions were limited.

The "warplane incident" made increasing air strikes look reasonable, while embarrassing Washington and Ankara. Moscow would likely get free hands to conduct more military actions to shape its Middle East policy. According to the resolution of the UN Security Council, relevant countries can carry out military strikes against "Islamic States."

Moscow would adopt actions in accordance with its national interests, and the EU will stress its position as an independent power in strike against extremist forces. Moscow's "invasion of air space" has pushed Ankara to get more involved. The four main forces - US, Russia, Turkey, and EU - have all participated in airstrikes on IS, while Middle East has gotten more complicated.

Perhaps, these strikes will weaken IS. 



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