Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

Thursday, November 26, 2015
By Paul Martin

Natasha Bertrand
BusinessInsider.com
Nov. 26, 2015

Russia is preparing to sanction Turkey in response to its downing of a Russian warplane earlier this week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced in a televised cabinet meeting on Thursday, according to the BBC.

“The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres,” which may include “limits or bans” on “foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies,” Medvedev said.

The sanctions “could bite into more than $30 billion in trade ties between the two countries, as police here began seizing Turkish products and deporting Turkish businessmen,” the Washington Post’s Moscow Correspondent, Andrew Roth, wrote on Thursday.

Separately, a group of 39 Turkish businessmen visiting Russia on tourist visas were detained by Russian authorities who accused them of making “false statements about their trip to the country,” the Telegraph reported on Thursday.

State-run news agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday that Russian airstrikes had deliberately targeted Turkish aid vehicles in the Syrian border town of Azzaz, killing 7 drivers. The town is considered a lifeline for Syrian rebels, who depend on the aid and supplies to continue fighting Assad regime forces. Turkish officials have yet to confirm the report.

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