It's a defacto no fly zone for NATO over Syria
After the downing of Russian jet SU-24, lieutenant general Sergey Rudskoy, a top member of the Russian general staff, sent an important message to Washington / Ankara during a briefing to the media:
"Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger"
What does this mean ?
First of all, the missile cruiser Moskva has already been off the coast of Latakia since the beginning of October. This re-affirmation of the deployment is meant to send a very precise message:
Do not even think of pulling off something like what happened today.
Second, the use of the word "ORDER". This means, most likely, that the authorization to use fire power, has already been given in certain circumstances. Unlike the event we witnessed today where Erdogan had to authorize the strike, no high level authorization will be needed in case of "a hostile threat ."
The Russians literally have their fingers on the trigger.
Given the above, Syrian skies have now effectively become a Russian no-Fly-zone. Washington/Ankara can test this hypothesis at their own peril.
From now on, no messing around. Fore-warned is fore-armed.
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