Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane today, claiming that it had violated Turkish airspace.
With the Syrian conflict already being a powderkeg, this latest development has many on edge.
The conflict around Syria is incredibly complex, with multiple sides all engaging in combat and vying for control of the skies.
Turkey is a member of NATO and if it feels directly attacked can potentially invoke article 5 of NATO – collective defence. This could lead to a further escalation of conflict in the already volatile region.
Even if Turkey does not invoke article 5, Putin is already positioning Russia as the victim of a ‘crime’, going so far as to imply Turkey was supporting terror.
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Anas Siddique is a student of Journalism at Humber College. His interests include science and technology, Canadian and International politics, human rights and social issues, food, and travel. He holds a keen interest in the human condition and what it means to be a true citizen of Earth.