Hey, remember when Russia launched airstrikes in Syria last week? Well, over the weekend, Russia's fighter jets violated Turkish airspace during its air campaign, and Turkey is not happy about it.
Russia's violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend "does not look like an accident", Nato has said.The incursions into Turkish airspace, combined with the fact that Russia's airstrikes are clearly targeting the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including rebel groups backed by the US, is creating a very dangerous situation.
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia had not provided "any real explanation" of the violation, which "lasted for a long time."
Russia says Saturday's incursion was brief and due to bad weather. It is examining claims of another violation.
Turkey's army also says an unidentified fighter jet locked its radar onto eight of its jets on Monday.
...Turkey's government has been enraged by these Russian incursions - and by Moscow's military intervention in Syria as a whole.
First, any violation of Turkish airspace could lead to the object being shot down, which would dramatically escalate events. Second, there could be a mid-air collision close to Turkey's borders, as this is the first time since World War Two that Russian and American combat planes have been in the skies over Syria. But third, Russia's air strikes are the final nail in the coffin for Turkey's "buffer zone" idea in northern Syria.
...Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that "an attack on Turkey means an attack on Nato".
"Our positive relationship with Russia is known. But if Russia loses a friend like Turkey, with whom it has been co-operating on many issues, it will lose a lot, and it should know that," he said.
Mr Stoltenberg called the Russian violation "unacceptable", saying Nato was taking it "very seriously" and warning that "incidents, accidents, may create dangerous situations".
...The head of Nato also said Russia's deployment in Syria was of "great concern", and he called on Moscow to avoid further escalating tensions with Nato.
I don't have any insightful commentary; all I got is OH SHIT. But I want to share this stuff as it's happening, because if and when something kicks off because of this fuckery, and I hope it doesn't, it'll be useful to understand all these (not so) little incidents that paved the path.