Timeline on the Turkey-Russia Relations on Syria Crisis
By Dan Betts - Brisbane, Australia
October 9, 2015
Some information/events that might help make sense of the escalation of hostilities between Turkey and Russia:
- Turkey is one of the primary funders and supporters of Islamic State
- Turkey threatened Russia, saying they would create terrorist attacks in Crimea
- Putin responded by saying Turkey's ambitions in Syria are done, and he'll see Syria turned into an un-defeatable stronghold, a giant Stalingrad
- Turkish Stream is placed on hold. Turkey says indefinitely
- Turkey starts airstrikes on the Kurds, fearing Russia will help them create a Kurdistan on Turkey's southern border
- A month later, Russia enters Syria
- Turkey talks about blocking Russian Navy moving through Istanbul
- NATO removes anti-air defense systems that Russia has made inoperable with its advanced electronic warfare
- Turkey complains about minor incursions in their airspace, and makes threats to supply Islamic State with anti-air
- Russia demonstrates that they can hit any part of Turkey from the Caspian Sea, and it would seem initiates some kind of winding down of trade
- EU begins to turn towards Russia, and the US pulls funding for Islamic State
- Turkey, feeling a little exposed and starting to feel the economic pinch now backpeddles.
Too little too late?
Either way, Russia isn't going to stop now until Islamic State is a bad memory. And just to spite Turkey, Kurdistan may become a reality.
Map of Syria – Turkey