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Now Turkey Wants to Make Nice - Calls for Dialogue, End to Russian Sanctions

PM wants to sit down and FM wants economic relations restored - should have thought of that before?


ANKARA, December 6 (TASS) - Turkey considers it necessary Russia lifts without delay the economic sanctions it announced after the incident with downed Sukhoi Su-24 bomber, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with TASS in response to a question regarding Ankara's reaction to the order by Russian president to use special economic measures against Turkey.

"The economy and trade have always taken special positions in our bilateral relations. We believe it incorrect because of the sorrowful incident to allow damaging our relations, which have developed a firm base over the efforts of many years," he said.

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He said, earlier the two countries shared the understanding the trade and economic relations should not be influenced by political disputes.

"Instead of the escalation of the current tension, we should in cold blood and as soon as possible overcome this period and return our relations into the former trend. We should mind, that otherwise this sorrowful incident will bear the risk of lasting consequences and will build up the threat of lasting consequences, it will also contain the danger of complicating relations between our peoples," the foreign minister said.

"We consider it reasonable in the interests of our countries and their future to review those measures and also to cancel them immediately. Otherwise, the said economic measures will affect directly the economies of the countries and will cause negative consequences for the Russian people, no less than for the Turkish people," he said.

The relations between Moscow and Ankara worsened as an F-16 fighter jet of the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber. Ankara claimed the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria. However, Russia’s Defence Ministry said the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory and "there was no violation of the Turkish air space."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the attack on the bomber will have "serious consequences" for the Russian-Turkish relations. According to Putin, the Turkish Air Force’s attack on the Russian combat plane that took part in the operation against terrorists in Syria and posed no threat to Turkey is a "stab in the back of Russia."

On November 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that suspends employment of Turkish workers starting from January 1, 2016. Also, Russia suspends the visa-free travel agreement with Turkey, imposes bans or restrictions on imports of certain goods (the list will be determined by the government). Besides, travel agencies are advised against selling holiday packages to Turkey. The government is instructed to tighten control over activities of Turkish haulage companies and to ban chartered flights between Russia and Turkey with the goal of ensuring security within Russia.


ANKARA, December 4 (TASS) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Friday that Ankara is ready for dialogue with Russia. Davutoglu spoke in favor of settling the crisis in bilateral relations that emerged after the Russian Su-24 jet was downed by Turkish aviation on November 24.

"There are no problems between the Turkish and Russian peoples. We have always been especially attentive to relations with Russia, and we think that now it is very important for us to hold doors for dialogue open," the Turkish prime minister told the Diplomatic Academy in Baku.

He also said that Ankara "does not accept the negative campaign launched against Turkey." "Let’s not start campaigns that remind of the Cold War, let’s sit down and discuss existing problems," Davutoglu said.

On November 28 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that suspends employment of Turkish workers starting from January 1, 2016. Also, Russia suspends the visa-free travel agreement with Turkey, imposes bans or restrictions on imports of certain goods (the list will be determined by the government). Besides, travel agencies are advised against selling holiday packages to Turkey. The government is instructed to tighten control over activities of Turkish haulage companies with the goal of ensuring security within Russia.

Russia suspends imports or "restricts foreign economic operations envisaging imports to the Russian Federation of certain goods originating in the Turkish Republic in line with a register determined by the government of the Russian Federation (exclusive of the goods brought into the Russian Federation for individual use in the amounts permitted by the laws of Eurasian Economic Union)," the decree says.

"For purposes of protecting national security and national interests of the Russian Federation, protection of the citizens of the Russian Federation from criminal or any other illegal activities," the decree stipulates bans or restrictions for organizations under Turkey’s jurisdiction to conduct certain types of activity within Russia in line with the register drafted by Russia’s government.

On November 24, the Turkish Air Force’s fighter jet shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber. Ankara claims the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria. However, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory and "there was no violation of the Turkish air space."

The crew of the Su-24M bomber managed to eject but one of the pilots, Oleg Peshkov, was killed by gunfire from the ground. The second pilot, Konstantin Murakhtin, was rescued and taken to the Russian air base. During the operation to evacuate Su-24M pilots a Mi-8 helicopter was lost. Marine Alexander Pozynich was killed in the operation.

Putin described the downing of the Russian jet that took part in the anti-terrorist operation in Syria and did not present a threat to Turkey as a "stab in the back." He warned about "serious consequences" for Russian-Turkish bilateral relations.


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