The Turkish Air Force have fled Syria and warned its pilots to avoid any violation of Syrian airspace following Russia’s deployment of an S-400 anti-aircraft missile system in Lattakia.
The arrival of the sophisticated S-400 system have forced Turkey to back off in the Syria conflict, in order to try and ease tensions with Russia.
The Russian Air Force amplified the number of airstrikes along the Turkish border on Saturday, striking the Turkish backed ISIL militants at the Aleppo border-city of A’zaz and inside the Turkmen Mountains of Northern Lattakia.
Earlier today, Spokesman of the Syrian Army Brigadier General Ali Mayhoub warned against the repercussions of any attacks on his country’s territories by Turkish forces and underlined that the Ankara officials’ continued support for extremism in the region will backfire on them.
“The Turkish army fired several mortar shells from al-Aqra’a Mountain towards our positions,” Mayhoub said in a statement on Sunday.
The Syrian General warned of the threats posed by such actions, calling on the international community to press on the Turkish government to stop its overt or covert support for global terrorism.
Reports said earlier today that after Turkey shot down Russia’s Su-24 fighter jet during an anti-terrorism operation against terrorists in Syria, Russia deployed S-400 air defense system to take harsh measures against any possible threats in Syria by tracing 300 targets at ranges up to 400 kilometers.
Turkey’s move to shoot down the Russian Su-24 has resulted in a situation that no Turkish plane can violate the Syrian airspace even in the mountainous areas due to the capabilities of S-400 air defense systems.
On Tuesday, a Turkish F-16 shot down the Su-24, claiming that the aircraft violated its airspace. Russian officials and the Su-24 pilot, who survived the crash, insist that the plane did not cross into Turkey. The crew, according to the pilot, did not receive any warning prior to the attack.
The Russian media reported on Thursday that the country has already deployed S-400 missile defense systems in Syria, a move many political and military analysts see as the start of Moscow’s response to NATO following the downing of its bomber by Turkey over Syria.
The S-400, an upgrade of the S-300 Growler family, is a new-generation anti-aircraft defense system operated solely by the Russian military. The S-400 ensures air defense using long- and medium-range missiles that can hit aerial targets at ranges of up to 400 kilometers (almost 250 miles).
In what is a prime example of twisted logic, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia against using its ultra-modern S-400 air defense system to shoot down Turkish fighter jets if they violate Syrian airspace just days after Ankara brought down a Russian Su-24 bomber.