Russia Beefs Up Arms for Potential NATO Engagement

In the wake of the downed fighter, which Russian president Vladimir Putin wasn't happy about (understandably) he's imposed a package of economic sanctions against Turkey, who in turn have posed economic sanctions against Russia.

“In the wake of the downing, President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a decree imposing a package of economic sanctions against Turkey,” RT reported. “The measures include banning several Turkish organizations and the import of certain goods.”

“Under the sanctions, the visa-free regime for Turkish nationals traveling to Russia will be suspended starting next year.”

Turkey responded by reportedly blocking Russian ships from passing through the Strait of Bosphorus linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, which prevents Russia’s Black Sea fleet from traveling to the rest of the world or even back to its home port.

But Putin has also ordered 150,000 Russian troops deployed into Syria while also sending another 7,000 Russian troops with tanks, rocket launchers and artillery to the Turkish border at Armenia with orders to be “fully combat ready.”

What most people don't realize is that this is a conflict that the United States might have no choice but to enter. Should Turkey go to war with Russia and invoke Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty, all members of NATO, including the United States, would have to come to their aid.

And as sad as this petty conflict started by Turkey sounds, it's nothing compared to some of the childish antics of our own president.




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