German former CDU politician and Vice-President of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Willy Wimmer informed Sputnik Deutschland that he fears NATO involvement within the downing of Russia’s Su-24 bomber over Syria final November.
NATO was concerned in final 12 months’s downing of Russia’s Su-24 bomber in Syrian airspace, Willy Wimmer, former Vice-President of the Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), informed Sputnik Deutschland on Friday.
On November 24 2015 Turkish jets downed a Russian Su-24 bomber finishing up anti-terror operations in Syria. The aircraft’s two co-pilots parachuted from the aircraft however considered one of them, Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, was shot and killed by suspected Turkmen militants working in Syria.
The incident induced a significant diplomatic dispute between Turkey and Russia; the previous stated the bomber was shot for infringing Turkish airspace, however Russia maintains the Su-24 didn’t enter Turkish airspace, and was finishing up an anti-Daesh mission in Syria when it was downed.
The downing had been interpreted as a unilateral determination by Turkey, however Willy Wimmer contends that actually, NATO and Saudi forces have been concerned within the incident.
“In response to my data, Airborne Early Warning and Management System (AWACS) plane from the US and Saudi Arabia have been concerned,” Wimmer stated.
“Plane like that Russian Su-24 bomber will not be that straightforward to only shoot out of the sky. It’s good to take intention, and you may solely do this with AWACS plane.”
The 2 AWACS planes concerned within the incident took off from a NATO base on Cyprus, and an airbase in Saudi Arabia respectively, Wimmer stated. He defined that in keeping with NATO pointers, if a aircraft is believed to be violating one other nation’s airspace then contact ought to made with the suitable flight management heart to attract the pilot’s consideration to the error.
In peacetime, essentially the most a navy plane is allowed to do is to drive a stray plane to make an emergency touchdown.
“What occurred there doesn’t adjust to worldwide rules in any method. They introduced the Russian aircraft down as a result of they wished to,” Wimmer stated.
Wimmer believes that the motivation for enabling the in any other case inexplicable assault, was a need on the a part of Turkey’s allies to spoil diplomatic relations between Turkey and Russia.
“It must be assumed that if somebody breaks international rules, then political interests are at stake. This was about destroying the relations between the Turkish Republic and the Russian Federation, which were blossoming (back) then,” the politician said.
“Last year the construction of the South Stream pipeline (from Russia) through the EU was stopped because of American pressure. A few weeks later, Russia and Turkey successfully created a replacement, the Turkish Stream. Of course, that was diametrically opposed to the Americans’ sanctions politics against Russia. The reaction of the Americans can be interpreted accordingly,” Wimmer believes.
Final month Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a letter of apology to Russian President Vladimir Putin concerning the downing of the Su-24. The Turkish President stated that Turkey “by no means had a want or a deliberate intention to down an plane belonging to Russia,” and expressed his deep sympathy and condolences to the relations of the deceased Russian pilot.