BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – During the week and a half standoff between the Syrian and Turkish armed forces in northwestern Syria, the Russian Air Force did not use its Su-35 jet to intercept any warplanes.

The reason for the Russian jet’s absence was explained by a military expert from the Avia.Pro aviation publication on Monday.

According to the military expert, the Russian Armed Forces had no reason to deploy the Su-35 during standoff with the Turkish Army, as the latter’s air force rarely crossed into Syria territory and when they did, they did not go deep enough.

“The main reason why Russia did not direct its Su-35 fighters to intercept Turkish combat aircraft was that the latter did not go deep into Syrian airspace, striking either from Turkish territory or invading Syrian airspace in total only for a few seconds,” Avia.Pro reported.

The military expert said: “There were airspace violations by Turkish F-16s, but the fighters only went a few kilometers deep, after which they launched missiles and left. During this time, Russian fighters could not even take off, not to mention the fact that an invasion of Turkish airspace could be very fraught. Russian fighter jets rose to guard the Syrian borders, however, only to protect the Russian military.

However, in regards to the Turkish drones, the military expert said the Syrian and Russian air defenses managed to shoot down at least 40 of these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

“Moreover, the information provided by Ankara about the incredibly huge losses in the ranks of the SAA turned out to be fake, while Turkey itself lost about 200 of its troops killed and wounded in Syria, which indicates that Syria withstood the onslaught of one of the largest NATO members,” they added.

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Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-16 13:36

Even if they launch from abroad, as they are doing hostile acts, they become legitimate targets even under NATO charter. Art.51 of UN Charter is more than clear too.

Frank
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2020-03-16 16:57
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

You just want an excuse for nato to invade Syria. Russia is not falling for the Israeli style punch you and run away crying to teachers for help trick. Child like minds can only think like emotional children

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-17 19:40
Reply to  Frank

ROFL! Greece made public that they would veto Ch.5 would Turkey end under attack! Moreover, thanks to Erdogan openly anti-west behaviour, nobody in NATO will fight for Turkey! What I want is actually a Sèvres treaty v2.0, in other terms, the Balkanisation of Turkey with a greater Armenia, a Kurdistan from Van to Adana, Antioch province back to Syria, Bosphorus under Greek or joint Greek/Russian control, Constantinople being Greece’s capital city again and Hagia Sophia’s minarets gone… The only thing childish is the irrational anti-Semitic hatred in the region. Would Syria stop being so stupid about it, IDF wouldn’t take… Read more »

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2020-03-16 17:55

That seems a lame excuse. The Turks were not too backward to shoot down a Russian plane inside Syria and then have the pilot murdered.

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FairsFair
2020-03-17 13:03
Reply to  Ray Douglas

The Russians hold that over the Turks as, “You owe me one, and I’ll cash that one in later…”

Eric Rodgers
Eric Rodgers
2020-03-16 21:14

What would be the purpose? They are not a military threat, and Russia doesn’t want to shoot down the planes of its new ally.

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FairsFair
2020-03-17 13:11
Reply to  Eric Rodgers

Agreed. The Russians are basically trying to turn a selfish hussy fascinated with past (Ottoman) glory with “…carrots and sticks…”

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-17 20:29
Reply to  FairsFair

AKP is the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood’s chapter… As all other roaches, ErDOG is fascinated by Surat 9, the Hadiths, jihad and all kind of other crimes against humanity. His supporters even see him as the mahdi. He’s surely fascinated by Ottomaniac follies too, but he often referred positively to the 3rd Reich and Adolf too… What is amusing is that not only he looks like Gollum, but he often behaves like Gollum too… Putin is more likely doing a Frodo on him rather than a carrot+stick thing… Is there an active volcano with a lava lake around? Would be perfect… Read more »

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-17 20:19
Reply to  Eric Rodgers

A new ally that is still fully supporting Ukraine against Russia or backing Chechen shitlamists? And BTW, it’s obviously not SyAAF who dropped bombs on the 33 killed Turkish soldiers, it were obviously the Russians…
A new ally which is ruled by Muslim Brotherhood which is banned as a terrorist organisation in Russia?
They’re as allies as Israel delivering weapons systems like spare-parts for F-4 Phantom-II, Hawk SAMs (and 45,000 Uzis) to Khomeini during the 80’s…

Scrooge
Scrooge
2020-03-16 15:17

Maybe there was really not enough time to intercept the Turkish fighter planes by the Su-35, and maybe the Russians really did not want to violate Turkish airspace. But that doesn’t explain why the Russians didn’t use their S-400 systems. Erdogan would never have risked losing his F-16s. So there are only two explanations for the Russian behaviour:
1. The Russians unofficially opened Idlib to the Turkish Air Force, as they had done in Afrin.
2. The S-400 systems are not capable of effectively engaging an F-16.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-17 21:47
Reply to  Scrooge

You obviously ignore how air defenses work. It’s not as simple!!! S-400’s range against fighter jets is only 120km. The 400km-ranged big 40N6 and 250km ranged 48N6 missiles are designed to go after AWACS, refuellers, cargo aircraft, it’s way too big and fast to target smaller high-agility assets like F-16. 40N6 can also be useful against ballistic missiles. Actually, it’s a modern S-200 where tail fins have been replaced by vectoring thrust, and look at S-200 records : the only jet-fighter shot down was in a straight flight, about to return to its base with RWR and ECM off. The… Read more »

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gustavo
2020-03-16 21:04

Well, Russia had to give some fool excuse for its behavior in Idlib. This excuse is not acceptable due to high military capabilities that Russia has. In addition, Russia did nothing against Turkey artillery.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-17 21:49
Reply to  gustavo

They also withdrew their troops from Afrin despite the promises made to YPG! As soon as the contracts for the selling of S-400 and a nuke-plant to Turkey were signed, Russian militaries pulled out and let Turkey invade the Afrin province! Thus, you also miss a point : Russia is pretty powerful… In Russia! The doctrine is defensive and relies on “strategic depth”, so the means for power-projection are limited. The US doctrine is different : they consider that best defence is a good offence, therefore, they prefer to fight wars abroad so they don’t have to fight these on… Read more »