Russia to impose sanctions on Turkey over shooting down of warplane

Russia to impose sanctions on Turkey over shooting down of warplane

Russia has confirmed it is preparing to impose economic sanctions against Turkey, after Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border earlier this week.

Turkey claims the plane has violated its airspace, and says that it gave the pilots ten warnings before shooting it down.

But Russian rejects both of these claims, saying they were flying exclusively over Syrian territory, and did not receive any warnings before being fired at.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has promised a strong response from Moscow, which is a strong trading partner of Ankara.

He has told parliament he hopes the sanctions can be drafted in the next two days.

“The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres,” Mr Medvedev told a cabinet meeting in televised comments.

He said this could include halting joint economic projects, restricting financial and trade transactions and changing customs duties.

Moscow has already urged all Russian not to visit Turkey, and has also stepped up its control of Turkish agricultural products.

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