News Release

Turkish Shootdown: “Planned Provocation”?

JOHN QUIGLEY,Quigley.2 at osu.edu
Professor emeritus of international law at Ohio State University, Quigley has written extensively about both the Mideast and Russia. His books include The Ruses for War: American Interventionism Since World War II.

He said today: “Turkey claims it warned the Russian plane ten times, but the maps they released indicate that the Russian planes flew into a very small area of Turkey that juts into Syria. So, if Turkey is telling the truth, the fastest way for the Russian plane to get out would have been to keep going straight ahead. So that part of the Turkey story and justification for shooting down the Russian planes doesn’t add up.

“More broadly, the entire situation seems to be isolating the U.S. since it’s the most powerful nation continuing to insist on the removal of [Syrian President Bashar] Assad. Putin’s position that countries should come together to defeat ISIS plays much better globally.”

Wikileaks notes: “’17 seconds’ — how long Russian jet spent in Turkish airspace according to Turkey’s letter to UN Security Council.” See the letter from the Turkish ambassador.

From the British Telegraph: “Turkey shooting down plane was ‘planned provocation’ says Russia, as rescued pilot claims he had no warning,”

See from Moon of Alabama: “The Context Of Yesterday’s Turkish Attack Against The Russian Jet.”