ABU DHABI, 26th November, 2015 (WAM) — A UAE paper has said that Nato and US President Barack Obama rightly said Turkey has a right to defend its airspace. Russia ought to have kept Turkey in loop when it was conducting operations near its border.

“The Syria imbroglio is getting murkier by the day. The latest incident in which a Russian military plane was shot down by Turkey for alleged violation of its air space illustrates the complexity of the situation unfolding in the country,” said Khaleej Times in an editorial on Thursday.

Syria has been a playground of multiple countries and groups ever since the Assad regime started unraveling four years ago. Proxy groups armed and financed by various states, including the US, have proliferated in a bid to influence the course of events. Out of this chaotic medley of forces there emerged a deadly terror group called Da’esh, which is mocking at the authority of international community.

“In the aftermath of the Paris attacks and the downing of Russian civilian plane over Sinai, a consensus has evolved among the world powers about the need to destroy the terror group on a priority basis without letting the issue of future of Bashar Al Assad coming in the way. This unanimity of opinion at theoretical level is not reflected in operational matters. Too many players are working at cross-purposes. In the name of fighting Da’esh, Russian forces are accused of targeting other groups. As Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, Russia’s military aircraft should never have entered the area where it was downed as there was no presence of Da’esh.

“Nato and US President Barack Obama rightly said Turkey has a right to defend its airspace. Russia ought to have kept Turkey in loop when it was conducting operations near its border. Just because Assad had given a carte blanche to Russia, it does not mean it can bomb any area it pleases.

“After this sad episode, Russia and Turkey should deescalate the situation in the interests of broader fight against Da’esh. All countries should pool their resources and evolve some ground rules of engagement. A robust and unified strategy alone can defeat Baghdadi’s fanatic horde,” concluded the Dubai-based daily.

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