Sands: sanctions against Turkey related to the threat of terrorism and are of a preventive nature

Sands: sanctions against Turkey related to the threat of terrorism and are of a preventive nature


MOSCOW, December 2. Economic sanctions against Turkey from Russia linked to increasing terrorist threat and are preventative in nature. The journalists said the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, answering the question why Russia declares that the mechanism of sanctions not working against her, but at the same time she restricts economic plan against Turkey.

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“In many ways, these measures are related, as emphasized already, with the growing terrorist threat, in many ways, they are of a preventive nature against this terrorist threat, said the representative of the Kremlin. – They differ from those of the sanctions taken against Russia”.

On 28 November, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has signed the decree about application of special economic measures against Turkey involving, including, suspension from 1 January 2016, of the agreement with Turkey on visa-free regime. 1 December 2015, the government of the Russian Federation has specified special measures against Turkey.

Problems in relations of Moscow and Ankara

Answering the journalists ‘ questions in Paris after the completion of the work program for the UN conference on climate change Vladimir Putin stated that the terrorists are using the visa-free regime of Russia with Turkey for their movements, but Ankara did not respond to the relevant concerns of Moscow. The head of state reported on the number of problems encountered in relations between the two countries.

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“We have been asked to pay attention to the fact that members of the terrorist organizations that have been fighting and trying to fight us with arms in some regions of Russia, including in the North Caucasus, “float” on the territory of Turkey”, – gave the example of the Russian leader, stressing that Moscow asked Ankara “to halt such practices”. “However, we are stating that they are on the territory of the Turkish Republic who live on protected by security services and police regions, and then, using a visa-free regime, “pop up” again in our territory and we continue to deal with them”, – Putin said.

The President of the Russian Federation concluded that these problems were ripe long ago, and Moscow has repeatedly raised them “and on the level of intelligence on so-called partnership channels, and at the level of foreign Ministers and at the highest political level”. “Unfortunately, we have not seen a partnership response to all our concerns,” he said.

Putin admitted that he was very sorry to lose the high level of Russian-Turkish relations. “I think we all feel sorry, and I am personally very sorry, because I personally have done a lot to build those relationships over a long period of time,” said the Russian leader. “But there are problems that arose long ago, and we tried to solve it in dialogue with our Turkish partners,” Putin said. “It is a pity that they have to solve in such a situation, but it’s not our fault, it’s not our choice”, – concluded the President of the Russian Federation.

Attack on Russian military aircraft

The crisis in relations between Moscow and Ankara has arisen in connection with the incident on November 24 in the skies over Syria near the border with Turkey, where Russian su-24 bomber was shot down by a fighter jet of Turkish air force. According to Ankara, the aircraft violated the airspace of Turkey near the border with Syria.

The defense Ministry claims that the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.” The Russian President warned that the attack on the bomber would have “serious consequences” for bilateral relations.