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Defending Turkey - Ending Putin's Flagrant Border Violations

Nobody heralds the downing of a country's fighter jet by a friendly nation, but the recent downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey for violating Turkish air space, appears to have been an inevitable event that was set into motion about two years ago, when Vladimir Putin started skirting the borders of nations from the Nordic States to the coast of Great Britain.

Turkey, which has been rightly concerned about the security of its border with Syria ever since the Syrian war started, has remained a strong proponent of a "no-fly-zone" in the area. With Russia's Putin entering the Syrian conflict to shore up the failed regime of the brute Bashar al Assad, Turkey's air space and borders have come under heavier pressure. 

Vladimir Putin, in recent years, has skirted and/or violated the borders, sea and air spaces of Baltic and Nordic States, including Estonia and Sweden to as far as the coast of Great Britain, despite warnings and complaints from nation states.

Facing an escalating and evolving violent conflict at its border, it became a natural reaction for Turkey to defend its air space from an unauthorized Russian violation, thus ending Putin's flagrant actions of the past two years. Moreover, the Turkish air space defense action should encourage closer cooperation between nations engaging in operations in close proximity of each other, as well as to serve as notice to spur Vladimir Putin into paying more respect to the borders of free nations.