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Russia Fights Back: 20 Political, Economic and Military Responses to Turkey's Attack

A comprehensive list of Moscow's political, economic and military responses to Turkey's "stab in the back"


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When Putin said that Turkey's downing of a Russian bomber would have "serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations," he wasn't fibbing. Not even a little bit. 

We've compiled a list of more than twenty political, economic and military responses to Ankara's "stab in the back."

<figcaption>...and Turkmen terrorists.</figcaption>
...and Turkmen terrorists.

Some of Russia's responses have been minor (deporting Turkish businessmen), while others will have serious, long-term consequences (banning the sale of Turkish tourism packages).

Political

  1. Almost immediately after the attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that he was canceling a planned visit to Turkey. 
  2. According to reports, Putin will not return Erdogan's phone calls. 
  3. Putin described the attack as a "stab in the back" by "accomplices of terrorists."
  4. The Kremlin says that it has evidence which proves Ankara's financial ties to ISIS oil smuggling operations. 
  5. After the attack, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced that it "does not recommend that [Russian] citizens travel to Turkey for tourism or any other reason."
  6. Russia has made it clear that it will no longer look the other way regarding minor visa infractions by Turkish citizens. In a highly unusual move, 39 Turkish delegates at an agricultural exhibition were deported for visa violations — apparently because they entered Russia as "tourists". (Visa-free tourist travel for Turkish citizens will end in January.)

Economic

  1. Russia recently announced a ban or limit on foreign economic operations that import “certain goods” from Turkey, although specific items haven't been listed yet. 
  2. Agricultural products from Turkey will be subjected to additional border checks and laboratory controls, according to Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev. 
  3. Russia will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey starting January 1, 2016. 
  4. “Certain types of work” or services rendered on Russian territory by Turkish organizations are now banned. Again, we are waiting on the specifics, but this will likely affect Turkey's construction industry severely. 
  5. Hundreds of trucks carrying Turkish goods are stranded or have been turned away at the Russian-Georgian border. 
  6. In Crimea, 30 Turkish investment projects worth a total $500 million have been frozen.
  7. Six shipments of Turkish chicken meat totaling 178 tons have been held up at a border crossing near Kaliningrad. 
  8. Russia has banned sales of tour packages to Turkey. 
  9. According to Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, charter flights to Turkey are now prohibited, and regular air travel will be closely regulated.
  10. Russian energy exports to Turkey are not likely to change, but major joint energy projects such as the TurkStream gas pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear plant could be canceled or frozen indefinitely. 

Military

  1. After the attack, Moscow deployed S-400 air defense systems to Syria. The US and Turkey have halted all air strikes in Syrian territory. In other words: Russia has established a defacto no fly zone over Syria. 
  2. Putin has ordered  the missile cruiser Moskva, stationed off the coast of Latakia, to destroy "any target posing danger" to Russian forces in Syria. 
  3. Russia has decimated areas controlled by Ankara-allied Turkmen militants, who claimed responsibility for killing one of the downed Russian pilots. 
  4. Russia has suspended its participation in the Black Sea Force (BLACKSEAFOR) multilateral naval drills, which include Turkey. 
  5. All Russian bombers in Syria will now be escorted by fighter planes. 
  6. According to several reports, Russian warplanes destroyed a Turkish truck convoy allegedly delivering weapons to "moderate rebels" in Syria. 
  7. Russia is now actively supporting Kurdish forces fighting Turkish-backed extremists in Syria. 

We will end with this: "A decree published on the Kremlin's website on Saturday came hours after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced 'sadness' over the incident, saying he wished it hadn't happened."

So does this mean that Erdogan isn't demanding an apology from Putin anymore? How peculiar. 

Have something to add to the list? Share in the comments and we will update the list accordingly. 


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