BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:11 A.M.) – CNN Turk television quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying on Thursday that any Russian support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), as being a headache for Ankara.

Ankara recognizes the PKK as a terrorist group because of its decades long insurgency against the Turkish state as they seek greater autonomy for the Kurds of eastern Turkey.

“If the Self-Defense Forces [YPG] don’t leave Manbij we will deliver a strike against them. We have openly stated this. If Russia comes in support of the Self-Defense Forces in Manbij or in other place, it will become a problem for us,” the foreign minister stressed.

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“However, if Russia makes effort towards clearing the territories of the Self-Defense Forces, we will support this,” the top diplomat added.

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    • And there is upgraded S-200 and Pantsir to test for SAA while upgraded Mig-29 to test for SyAAF.
      Mig-29 was already more dangerous than F-16 in the 80’s on the condition facing F-16 in a short range engagement as the ’29 is more manoeuvrable, could shoot R-73 in its 6 hours and R-73 is better short range missile than Sidewinder but old school ’29, especially export ones, had poor mid-long range radar and avionics, poor situational awareness, very thirsty engines and no refuelling probe, well, these lacks had good reasons : export Mig-29 was sold $4.5M while export F-16 was about $20M during the 80’s.
      Nevertheless, it’s one of the 2-3 very best airframes on market and, with modern systems and engines, would be a formidable opponent, if some serious mid/long-range missiles are fit on the rebuilt ones, especially as Raytheon AMRAAM is FAR to be great.
      Vympel K-77M/ME still hasn’t been tested in combat.
      Thus, Russians would likely get serious advertising for nonetheless upgrading old Mig-29 but also for Mig-35/29K and missiles while for those who aren’t Russian clients, they’re likely to want platforms that can use MBDA’s Meteor and Mica in other terms, Eurocanards, especially the Rafale as it’s the only working 5th gen. fighter for sales in the west.
      In other terms, if some Turkish F-16 are shot down doing air strikes AGAINST SYRIAN CITIZENS IN SYRIA, nonetheless, it’ll be a good lesson for Turkey but it’ll be also good for business!
      It would also be good if one of the few new Syrian Yak-130 downed a F-16 : Yak-130 is a pretty cheap trainer aircraft thus can carry an already serious payload for such a plane. If it is proven that a $15M trainer can deal with a $40-50M F-16, it’s also good for business in the EU too as Yak-130 is a joint effort between Yakovlev and Alenia (Aermacchi) which builds these with western engines and features an sell these as M-346 Master. The market has been cut in two, some countries would have to buy from Yakovlev, others from Alenia so, again, a Yak-130 downing a F-16 would be great for both Russian and EU business.

  1. One needs to see what Randy Orton did to Bray Wyatt to appreciate the nature of Russia’s ambivalence in this conflict. Do you think Putin will trust the Islamic Turks or the Christian Kurds?

  2. Terroristas Turcos al mando de su jefe Erdogan amenazando al pueblo Kurdo dentro del territorio Sirio.
    Rusia debe pedir retiro inmediato de sus tropas, ya ISIS fue vencido en la zona, Erdogan y sus mercenarios nada tienen que hacer en territorio Sirio.

  3. ““If the Self-Defense Forces [YPG] don’t leave Manbij we will deliver a strike against them. We have openly stated this. If Russia comes in support of the Self-Defense Forces in Manbij or in other place, it will become a problem for us,” the foreign minister stressed.”
    => Hope it’ll happens but… This moron should have noticed US have sent USMC. Wanna bet they’ll be deployed in Manbij area?
    USMC are not some SOFs or CIA Green Berets that have no official “existence”, they are totally legit US militaries…
    IMHO, if THK performs strikes against USMC, it won’t be a problem for Erdolf’s gang : now they’ll be in VERY SERIOUS TROUBLES especially as the body bags, the coffins and the burial in Arlington will be publicly displayed…
    With the already strong records about blood oil purchases, terrorism backing (even Hamas), MIT (intel services) very near to be listed as a terrorist org in the EU after the murders of 3 Kurds in France and the attempt to murder two in Germany, adding to this that Turkey was strongly advised to not intervene, well, yeah, c’mon asshole, do your airstrike and let begin what I see coming for a while : the dismantlement of Turkey and Constantinople/Thrace and north-Cyprus back to their owners. Moreover, thanks to the pures, Turkish army wasn’t weakened at such a point for centuries.
    Turkish was a democratic modern country about to enter the EU, then, as Germany in 1933, they stupidly voted Erdolf and the Muslim Brotherhood, everywhere MB is, destruction follows…

  4. If the SDF leave Mandij and SAA is stationed there – the TA will attack the Syrians. They have already done so. Erdogan wants the land to build a pipeline and found a Turk satellite statelet after North Cyprus example.