Denmark: We are not Turkey to shoot down Russian fighters
COPENHAGEN, BM ($1=6.28 Danish Krones) – As it became clear earlier this week, Denmark has accused Russia of violating the country’s airspace. In this regard, there is currently an exchange of political rhetoric between the two countries, with Russia not accepting the accusations, claiming that Denmark has not yet provided any evidence of this.
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At the same time, journalists from one of the oldest Danish newspapers, Berlingske, expressed the opinion that Copenhagen could not afford to shoot down a Russian fighter, as Denmark was not Turkey. Journalists make this reference when a Turkish F-16 fighter shot down a Russian Su-24 on the Syrian-Turkish border. Turkey claims that the Russian fighter has entered Turkish airspace, Russia claims that their fighter was in Syria.
According to Berlingske analysts, Denmark has various methods of combating Russian trespassers, but the kingdom cannot afford to act on “Erdogan’s method”.
“Such actions by Russia do not show respect for international rules. But does that mean there’s no point in pounding my fist on the table and protesting? Of course not. This behavior is unacceptable and should not be repeated. It would be a coward not to tell the Russians that. Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet that landed in Turkish airspace. But this, of course, is a very bold step. In the case of Denmark, such a reaction would be excessive, as long as the Russian fighters do not look like a threat,” the Berlingske newspaper said.
Pilots in almost every country often act on the edge of the law. Russian, American, French, or German, in over 90% of cases the flights performed in foreign airspace are due to an accident or incorrect reading of the location of the fighter.
Very often, however, Russian fighters carry out deliberate provocative actions. An example of this is the almost monthly violation of Bulgarian airspace by Russian MiGs, which forces the Bulgarian Air Force to blow up the aviation group on duty.
The same can be said for the Turkish Air Force, which to some extent violates the airspace of Greece in some parts of the island territories of the Greeks.
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