Updated 02:14 PM EDT, Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Russia Seeks Revenge for Downed Jet Pilot in Syrian Town

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Russian President Vladimir Putin just made an aggressive move as he sought "revenge" for the downed jet that was shot near the Turkish border in November.

According to Western Journalism, Russian forces are now rampaging through the Syrian town on the lookout for the man who admitted to killing the pilot.

Turkish citizen Alparslan Celik said in a video that the man killed the pilot as revenge for the Russian bombing raids. Celik told Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News, "That pilot bombed us five minutes [before Turkey downed the Russian jet] and our brothers were killed or wounded by these bombs.There is no place for a person who has bombed civilian Turkmens every day. Reprisal is the most natural right."

After this, Moscow demanded Celik's arrest on December 30, 2015. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement, "We demand that the Turkish authorities take immediate steps to apprehend Alparslan Çelik and his accomplices and bring them to justice for the murder of the Russian pilot."

Fox News noted, however, that Putin's government did not make clear on what consequences will be waiting for Celik once soldiers find him. However, they are sure to "take revenge," as noted by the state media. 

The video showing the pilot's killers celebrating did not sit well with him either, especially after Syrian rebels released a video showing about a dozen men in fatigues celebrating while surrounding the dead body.

Turkish and Russian conflicts have since then elevated. Express UK noted that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu went so far as accusing Putin of protecting the Islamic State.

Shots were fired when Davutoglu said in a thinly veiled swipe that his bid to wipe out the jihadis were "obstructed by certain foreign powers," adding that the Russian jets appear to be protecting ISIS within Syrian air space."

Davutoglu also said that he will retaliate in "whatever form it deems necessary" for anyone who attacks his country.

For now, it looks like both Russia and Turkey have been sidelined by their own conflicts instead of pushing towards fighting ISIS and Syrian jihadists together. For now, Russia's top priority is to apprehend Celik and his accomplices, with an order from Zakharova to ensure the detainment of Celik and his accomplices.

What do you think of this conflict regarding the downed Russian jet -- is it worth it to dissolve ties with Turkey in the fight against ISIS?

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