Putin Accuses Obama Of Leaking Flight Details To Turkey After Russia Releases Video Of S-400 SAM Deployment In Syria

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As reported two days ago, one of the first decisions a very angry Russia took in the aftermath of the shooting down of its Su-24 by a Turkish F-16 was to dispatch a Moskva guided-missile cruiser off the coast of Syria to provide air cover for its jets operating near Latakia, as well as send an unknown number of ultramodern S-400 (or SA-21 Growler in NATO designation) SAM batteries to Latakia to make sure that the tragic incident from Tuesday never repeats itself by sending Turkey a very clear message that the next time a Turkish warplane engages a Russian jet, Russia will immediate retaliate using ground forces.

Earlier today, Russia made a very explicit demonstration of the deployment of at least two S-400 batteries at Syria's Khmeimim airbase, with the Russian Ministry of Defense promptly publicizing the arrival with the following clip.


With a range of 250 miles, the S-400 could easily strike Turkish targets, and as the map below shows, Russia could even take down targets over northern Israel. As cited by the Independent, Nick de Larrinaga, Europe editor of the defense magazine IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, said it would be “a significant increase” in the reach of Russian air-defense capacities. “The message that the Russians are trying to send is that they’re capable of defending themselves in Syria, should the situation escalate."


Needless to say, the US was not enthused and earlier today the US embassy in Moscow said that the "Russian deployment of the S-400 air-defense system to Syria won't aid the fight against the Islamic State, with the US diplomat adding that the US is hopeful Russia won’t use the system to target planes flown by international coalition since Islamic State doesn’t have air force." Clearly a warning to Putin not to dare use the rockets against Turkish (or other coalition) jets.

So what is Putin's intention by escalating the military deployment of Russian weapons in Syria? Conveniently he explained his thinking just a few hours ago during his press conference with Francois Hollande. In answering a question by a reporter from French Le Monde, Putin said the following:

"The S-400 is an air defense system. The reason we didn't have the system in Syria is because we thought our planes were flying at high enough altitudes where a terrorist could not reach them; they don't have weapons capable of downing our planes at the altitude of over 3 or 4 thousand meters. And We could never think that we could be stabbed in the back by a country we regarded as our ally. Our planes operated at altitudes of 5-6,000 meters and were completely unprotected against potential attacks from fighter jets - we could never imagine that that could be possible otherwise we would deploy such systems in the area protecting our bombers  against possible attacks."




"We never did it because we regarded Turkey as our friend, we never expected an attack from that side. This is why we regard this attack as that of a traitor. But now we that this is possible, and we have to protect our planes. This is why we deployed a modern system, the S-400, it has a pretty long range and it's one of the most effective systems of this kind in the world. We will not stop there: if we have to we will also deploy our fighter jets in the area."

Bottom line: another direct engagement by a Turkish fighter will be its last, and in fact now that Russia is prepared we would not be at all surprised to see Russia cross into Turkish airspace on purpose just to provoke Erdogan to repeat the events from last week, only this time with the Russian ready and prepared to retaliate to any engagement. In fact, the odds of Russia doing just that in the next few days are especially high.

But while the reason behind the S-400 deployment was largely known to most, where Putin's press conference took an unexpected detour was what he said just around 20:30 in, when in not so many words, Putin effectively accused the US of leaking the coordinates of the Russian plane to Turkey, which was merely a hitman acting with the blessing of the Pentagon.

This is what Putin said:

"We told our US partners in advance where, when at what altitudes our pilots were going to operate. The US-led coalition, which includes Turkey, was aware of the time and place where our planes would operate. And this is exactly where and when we were attacked. Why did we share this information with the Americans? Either they don't control their allies, or they just pass this information left and right without realizing what the consequences of such actions might be. We will have to have a serious talk with our US partners.

In other words, just like in the tragic bombing of the Kunduz hospital by US forces (which has now been attributed to human error), so this time the target was a Russian plane which the US knew about well in advance, was targeted however not by the US itself, but by a NATO and US-alliance member, Turkey.

And while the deployment of the Russian SAM missiles was already known, the real message from today's presser, the one that will be the topic of a private and "serious talk with Russia's US partners", is that Putin indirectly blames Obama for what happened on Tuesday realizing that Erdogan was merely the "executor", one who is simply motivated to protect his (and his son's) Islamic State oil routes.

Full press conference below; the discussion of Russia's S-400 deployment begins 17:30 in:

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Kamehameha's picture

Thank God for Putin, the leader of the Free World!

God's picture

Exactly! Mr. Putin, light up those motherfuckers.

fudge's picture

that's absolutely guaranteed to happen, the hawks in the DUMA will make sure that it does.

strannick's picture

America gave ISIS the TOW rocket that exploded Russia's helicopter on a search and rescue mission to save the remaining pilot. 

America gave Turkey the co ordinates to shoot down the Russian bomber, so Turkeys corrupt leader could continue profiting from selling oil for ISIS to fund ISIS terrorism.

Putin's patience is what keeps the world from the brink of nuclear war.

God bless and keep Vladimir Putin.

America is a piece of shit nation with a piece of shit president .

America ruins the world to rule it.

God help us all.

BaBaBouy's picture

WELL... This Changes Things...

NOTICE... Isreal IS WITHIN range of the new misiles...

jeff montanye's picture

not enough of it for my taste.

when oh when will the foolish majority of u.s. citizens wake from their spectator sports version of world events and see the evil empire for what it is?

fudge's picture

when they see the first flashes in the sky, by then though it will be to late.

Mr.Sono's picture

i fucking hate back stabbers too.

Troll Magnet's picture

Israel=Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia=USA
Obama=Oprah's half sister

Stainless Steel Rat's picture

Reminds me of learning about the Turkish Missile Crisis, in my quaint little Naukograd...

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

hey lookit the range on that thing.  they could take out Cyprus citizens trying to make any sizeable withdrawals!

Harlequin001's picture

Hmmm. I take it you work for the Americans then...

HowdyDoody's picture

The US says ISIS doesn't have an air force?

Is it April 1 already?

Turkey ,a prime supporter and enabler of ISS, just gagging to open a consulate for ISIS, shot down a Russian aircraft involved in attacking ISIS. That seems like an ISIS airforce attack to me, even if we ignore the fact that the USAF attacks Assad instead of ISIS etc.

nuubee's picture

Based on this response, it seems Putin's real aim is to separate the U.S. from the "job" of being "friends" to terrorist sponsoring countries. It seems Putin wants to expose and destroy the relationship the U.S. has with Turkey and possibly Saudi Arabia.

LibertarianMenace's picture

That's good as far as it goes, but to obtain long lasting beneficial effects, the strategy should also include the crime families that inhabit areas farther south and west. One should never allow a good crisis to go to waste.

California Nightmares's picture

Hmmm. I take it you work for the Americans then...


He's too dumb. Even the Americans would find him unacceptable.

dogfish's picture

Just getting rid of the evidence.

Eugend66's picture

EEiiiiii, you will rot in hell! The real one !!!

Eugend66's picture

EEiiiiii, you will rot in hell! The real one !!!

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

I'm honored to give you downvote no. 100

chunga's picture

My biggest downvote goes to the criminals in DC.

I do not support the northern aggressors in any way.

farflungstar's picture

Judging from that incoherent, piece of shit of a blog you keep pimping, I'd say you're the old queen attention whore. 

Kayman's picture

cookie nookie

May 2015 must have been troll seeding time.  You ain't gonna make it on this site, if you truly believe it's a them or us game.

Like all great fortunes the Erdogan family is trying desperately to hide their crimes.

Iwanttoknow's picture

Welcome to ZH.He can still fuck your mommy,wifey and sisters.

TweedleDeeDooDah's picture

...The only ones with enough money in Cypriot banks are Russians.

Anonymous User's picture

Turkey once again demonstrated she knows just two things:
the fine art of belly dancing and bending over to uncle Sam.



backwaterdogs's picture

Sadly it will not happen.  The blank stares one gets when try to raise a suspicion that the u.s. is just even complicit let alone accountable tells me the majority will never get it.

If this does blow up into full on war...those same will be there hand on heart reciting the pledge if allegiance and proudly sending their own kids to die for the USA and to protect our democratic freedoms.

There seems to be no hope...I'm questioning my own sanity!

Victor von Doom's picture

More to the point they are completely within range of the TYPHOON CLASS BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINE off the coast of Syria.

Go on you Zio cunts - play with fire - Russia double-dog dares you.

flapdoodle's picture

My guess is that "250 mile range" of the S400 is only for public consumption and its real range is better than that - weapon system specs are like that: there is the "advertised" range and the wartime real range.

strannick's picture

America's narrative of fighting ISIS, instead of trying to stop an Iranian pipeline, is getting to be seen for the nursery rhyme CNN fairytale  it actually is.


SoDamnMad's picture

I want to see Wolf Blitzkreg's beard parted by a TU 160 dropping some bombs on a CNN news crew.

Arnold's picture

I sure not all those talking heads at CNN talk with The One Hillary Voice.


(Wolfie has his own voices to deal with)

Infinite QE's picture

"America is a piece of shit nation with a piece of shit president ."

America is being guided by the hand of satan, and it's name is israhell.

stant's picture

You are wrong , there many against this

Anonymous User's picture

When Russia will be done with it, Turkey will behave like this:



Abitdodgie's picture

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McCormick No. 9's picture

The naked avatars are bad enough. The porn... it's just lame, sad, childish, and fucked up.

e_goldstein's picture

Naked avatars and softcore porn have been a tradition in the comments scetion on Zero Hedge since it transferred from the wordpress site. Get over it or gtfo.

messymerry's picture

I'll bet that link carries a payload.  Piss off you virus infested POS!!!

palmereldritch's picture

IMO It's an orchestrated Op to paint the site as 'toxic'.

Tyler should celebrate Thanksgiving for ALL by terminating these vandals, ASAP.

The more public, the better.

(If I see a rat outside my house I kill it before it can get inside. God forbid if it gets inside)

DeadFred's picture

Yeah, it's probably a big job to weed out the constant attacks but this piece of dung has been here for almost 3 months.

jeff montanye's picture

if you mean there are many in israel that oppose the evil done by their government and that of the united states, i believe you.  they are not doing enough there to change things as we are not doing enough here.

let's hear more from israelis who realize that the answer to donald rumsfeld's famous question about muslim terrorists: "are we are making more of them than we are killing?" is yes.

Eirik Magnus Larssen's picture

There exist Jewish groups who are openly critical of Israel's foreign policy (especially as pertaining to Israel's behavior in the occupied Palestinian territories), but they are largely ostracized and ignored by Western media.

Parrotile's picture

That may be more a result of who owns said "Western Media".

There is agenda to peddle, and money to be made. Impartial "journalism" is rarer than the proverbial Hen's Teeth nowadays.

Eirik Magnus Larssen's picture

If Western media outlets wish to remain socially relevant and keep their business models profitable, they are well advised to take into account shifting demographics, and cease to cater primarily to a shrinking base of upper-middle class whites of Anglo-Saxxon descent. 

This holds especially true with regards to female beauty standards.