The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned the Russian Federation to not destroy their friendship with Turkey after the latter’s air force violated Turkish airspace on more than one occasion Monday.
However, this threat from the Turkish president was not well-received by the government in Moscow; instead, the Russian Air Force responded by flaunting its military might on Tuesday, launching a number of airstrikes along the Turkish border with northern Latakia, while the Turkish Air Defense sat idly over this blatant incursion.
As the Turkish Air Defense remained in a state of paralysis, the Russian Air Force conducted 8 airstrikes over northeastern Latakia, hitting the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and the Free Syrian Army’s “Coastal Brigades” inside the cities of Ghanam, Salma, Al-Rabiyah, and Deir Hanna near the Turkish border.
Among those killed by the Russian airstrikes was the leader of Kata’ebat Al-Mustafa (Al-Qaeda offshoot), “Abu Rashid Al-Turkman” – his death was confirmed by Jabhat Al-Nusra after the Russians struck their positions.
Adding insult to injury, the Russian Navy conducted a number of naval exercises along Latakia’s vast coastline, while the Turkish Navy watched from a few kilometers north of the predominately Armenian city of Kassab.
Currently, the Russians and Turks have no military agreement set in place for Syria; however, the Turkish Government has made it clear that they do not support the Russian military and political interference.