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Turkey shot down Russia jet with US consent: Pundit

The photo shows Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bombers standing on an airfield at the Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia. (AFP)

Press TV has interviewed Alexander Nekrassov, a former Kremlin government adviser from London, and Maxine Dovere, a political commentator from New York, to discuss Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet.

Nekrassov said violating the airspace of countries has happened in the region many times, but there are several ways of avoiding shooting down a plane.

The Turks have preplanned this anti-Russia move, he said. Turkey did not decide to shoot down the Russian plane “without the consent of NATO and specially the Americans,” Nekrassov added.

“The United States would love to see Turkey and Russia being on a knife edge. They would love to see this tension growing in the area, because ... the only reason that America and its allies have is to bring down Assad in Syria, to bring down the government. But we always ask the Americans: With what are you going to replace that government? They have no answer for that,” the analyst said.

Questioning the real intention of the United States and its allies in the so-called war on the Daesh Takfiri terrorists, the commentator said more conflicts between the US-led coalition and other countries involved in the war against Daesh will make the terrorist group stronger.

Dovere, for her part, believes the Turkish government’s act of downing the Russian warplane seems to be “a very delicate balance,” adding, “Days before this tragic incident the Asia Times daily reported ‘a level of cooperation that hasn’t been seen in the area in many years and that cooperation was hoped to be a joint venture between the NATO allies - led by Turkey - and Russia in stilling and eliminating the ISIS (Daesh).’”

She said after the downing of the plane the “political geography has entirely changed.” However, the commentator added, both the United States and Russia have tried to pacify the situation and avoid any conflict in the wake of the jet incident.

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