It seems that the Russians let their guard down by sending bombers unescorted in border areas. There's some info that they believed Turkey would follow the rules of the Russia-US protocol on air safety (which US alies are also obliged to follow).
Kadmos45 wrote:It doesn't matter what USSR did or didn't back in the 70's or 80's, we've got late november 2015,situation is different now and Russia response will be what Putin commands good or bad.
Whether the response wil be weak or strong, it will have nothing to do with ancient geopolitical situation.
Yes and No...you can't ignore historical context of modern day conflicts.
Pretty good article explaining what's at stake and possible outcomes....those calling for immediate revenge and mass strikes on Turkish territory should read it carefully.
Turkey hid under the NATO umbrella