Skip to comments.Turkey threatens Russia
Posted on 03/18/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT by meatloaf
"The threat to close the Bosphorus to Russia comes from a report by Hvylya, citing a Turkish diplomatic source. According to the source, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan yesterday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and warned of the consequences for conflict with Ukraine. The Hvylya source was also reported on by UNIAN."
LOL! So, is Putin laffin’ harder at threats from Turkey or threats from a turkey? Just wonderin’.
When Turkey wants to be NATO, they are.
In that case, Go Russia, at least they would restore Constantinople.
Turkey.....wouldn’t let us use their door when we were headin’ for Iraq.
Obama must have called his brothers in Turkey and said “Get some of this heat off me!”
What a freakin’ circus! Cringe-worthy.
Given the current government of Turkey, go Vlad, and widen the channel while you are at it.
Russia’s forfeiting of Turkey’s permission to transit the Bosporus Straits practically negates the value of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, Russia’s only warm water naval port and commercial seaport, and devastates the Crimea’s merchant marine economy.
Turkey threatening real sanctions while the kenyan and merkel give Putin a backrub. LOL.
Guess this means Turkey will allow 4th ID to disembark at its ports now....oh, wait...what 4th ID?
Kinda dumb....Russia exports oil to Europe through the straits.
What will Turkey do if all the Russian tourists stop coming?
Turkey could mine the striates. Intelligent mines can be set to go off on only certain ships. Why Turkey would want to further annoy Russia is beyond me.
Incidentally, Russia has been carrying on a clandestine war inside Turkey for years. They bring in a hit man, then kill a few Islamists who are using Turkey as a base to target Russian interests. To my knowledge Turkey has never caught a hit man. It’s likely the hitter is out of the country by the time the body is discovered. Very efficient, the FSB.
These people need to back off, Ukraine IS NOT worth WWIII!
A lot less started WW I.
No way Turkey wants Russia in control the entire northern half of the Black Sea. Putin has troops in Kherson and seems to be thinking about taking everything from Crimea to Moldova.
Yes, if I were Putin I’d be more concerned about this than the G8 nonsense.
By any measure if Turkey can do it, why can`t Iran?
Russia has invaded a neighbor with a fifth column of soldiers with no insignia. Planted landmines, naval blockaded, etc., etc. Then annexed their neighbor. All war crimes there.
Get back to me when Iran invades Iraq and does that.
That didn’t take long.
Turkey knows what Russia’s long range goals are (and have been for hundreds of years). To retake Constantinople.
Somehow or other between 1600 and 1900, Europeans needed to take 20 years off from their internecine fighting and drive the turks back into central Asia where they belong.
The Bosporus is the sovereign territory of Turkey. Warships can’t pass without advance permission. Remember, it took the Chinese 16 months to get permission from Turkey to tow the Varyag though the straits.
“Putin has troops in Kherson and seems to be thinking about taking everything from Crimea to Moldova.”
Yes, and Moldova.
Kaliningrad is another hotspot with Russian military forces there engaged in unusual movements which have the Lithuanian and Latvian governments concerned enough to request additional assistance from NATO and the United States.
The best chance was after WW1, but they blew it.
Any way to contribute to the effort??
Hormuz is not Iran’s sovereign territory. Istanbul sits on both sides of the Bosporus. At least Turkey has some nads as compared to our community organizer-in-chief.
No doubt Obama told the Turkish leader that the US has his back on this. Good luck with that.
I read once that Obama and Erdogan have a “special relationship”. That Obama has spoken with him on the phone far more times than any other world leader.
No doubt Obama’s superior intelligence and grasp of world affairs tells him Turkey is the key to solving the problems of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, straddling the two cultures as it does. Or so he thinks.
The results speak for themselves.
Not an issue. Europe can buy oil elsewhere. It’s natural gas that’s a problem. Unfortunately Russia would be taking a head shot if it deliberately decided to stop exporting gas and oil. That’s 50% of their federal income.
Very true, and they let the muzzys run wild at home.
No, they don`t have to, we did. BTW, how`d that turn out?
May the Russians succeed in that endeavor.
So Ukraine is worth WWIII?
Oh, but I assumed someone in the insane clown posse running DC has a strategic thought in their heads.
Because they have long standing ties to the Crimean Tartars and are also directly threatened by Russia’s aggressiveness in the Black Sea and Caucasus.
Yes, as always, Obama stands with the Muslims.
Once again, going to war for Muzzies.
So, should we back the Turks because they are not Russians, or back the Russians because they are not Turks?
I back the non-muslim country.
Nothing promotes stability like a projection of non-aggressive strength-- right now we are projecting complete impotence.
Some members of the Senate and House need quietly to approach Obozo and inform him he needs to replace John "Swimming to Cambodia" Kerry and Chucky "Never saw a defense cut I didn't like" Hagel immediately with some competent secretaries who will run US defense and foreign policy until Bambi leaves office.
LOL— perfect representation of the dim bulbs in DC.
Sometimes I really wish we had the British form of government where we could force a “No Confidence” vote.
International law died with the election of Obama...
They’ve already done that in Syria using their proxy Hezbollah and are now trying to arm Hamas to the teeth.
The same thing was said during Watergate before Nixon resigned.
Anyway, Harry Reid wouldn't let it come to a vote in the Senate, even if we had that in The Constitution.
“Because they have long standing ties to the Crimean Tartars and are also directly threatened by Russias aggressiveness in the Black Sea and Caucasus.”
So, we’re bound by treaty to defend Turkey if they’re attacked, does that mean if they provoke the attack? Because if the mess with Putin’s efforts to rebuild the Russian empire they’re going to get their &ss handed to them. Frankly, I don’t want to defend a Muslim nation that sided against us in the Iraq war. It was only Bush’s bluff that kept Saddam from moving his northern army to Kuwait.
Like a chihuahua snarling and snapping at a rottweiler and then retreating behind it's master.
If Turkey attacks Russia, then I’ll see you next year in Constantinople.
Crimean Tartars make really good sauce.
The Crimean Tatars made use of their strategic position between the Ottomans and the Russians. They supplied slaves for the Ottoman Janissary corps from the neighboring peoples; so many, in fact, that even the English word “slave” derives from the ethnic signifier “Slav.”