Tension continues to rise in the Middle East days after a Russian Su-24 was hit by air-to-air missiles fired by Turkish F-16s while it was flying over Syrian territory.
The incident has elicited a barrage of blames and counter blames with Russian President Vladimir Putin describing the incident as a “stab in the back” committed by “accomplices of terrorists”.
In his reply, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Russia of deceit claiming the downed jet received warning that it was encroaching Turkish airspace.
The unrest is about to be taken a notch higher with Russia officially announcing that it would deploy anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said on his ministry’s Twitter feed that the country would deploy S-400 defense missile systems to its Hmeymim air base near Latakia, on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.
The missiles have a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles), according to the missilethreat.com website. The Turkish border is less than 30 miles away from the Hmeymim air base.
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