With the latest international incident this time between Russia and Turkey, the world edges even closer to a global conflict. On Tuesday, a Russian Su-24 was shot down by the Turkish military. According to the Turkish government, these errant pilots ignored as many as 10 warnings to vacate Turkish airspace; however, the Russians deny they were given any warning at all. One U.S. official was quoted as saying their calculations showed that the Russians were only in Turkish airspace for as little as 30 seconds, casting doubt on the validity of the Turkish claims of issuing these warnings before destroying the jet and ultimately killing one of the pilots.

As of Wednesday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated Turkey will not apologize for their actions, and instead expects apologies from “those who violated our airspace.” Going further, President Erdogan said during an interview with CNN, “If the same violation occurs today, Turkey has to react the same way.”

Russia has responded in kind by upping the ante a bit, placing their S-400 anti-aircraft system on Syria’s Mediterranean coast near Latakia, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Shoygu. Now both nations are throwing around accusations of their counterpart’s support of terrorism—specifically ISIS. The merry-go-round of international relations is in full swing and is exactly what ISIS hopes will bring about a new global conflict.

Russia and Turkey have long been adversaries, going back to the days of WWI and the old Ottoman Empire. These tensions, though very inopportune, are nothing new. However, as Turkey is the region’s only secularly run, predominately Muslim nation, their support of this global war on ISIS is a critical one. Do we want to stand by and allow Russia to bully Turkey into stepping aside in this fight or even pressing them into the arms of ISIS?