MOSCOW, December 9. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev considers it possible the recurrence of terrorist attacks on middle East tourist destinations.
“It is a safety issue for our citizens”
“Anything good that closed the resorts of Egypt and Turkey, not. This is not the design of the government, it’s not the evil will of the authorities, it is a safety issue for our citizens,” he said in an interview with Russian TV channels.
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According to Medvedev, the question of choosing between security and rest, the choice was made in favor of security.
“Obviously, what happened is a terrorist attack (disaster of the Russian aircraft over the Sinai). Judging from what happened this year, the repetition of such attacks this year possible,” – said the Prime Minister.
According to him, “what is the incidence of terrorism this year, the repetition of such paths on overhead lines, unfortunately, very possible.”
“Mean specific areas, first of all, directions to the middle East. So we decided, bad for our friends and partners, and bad for our people who are there on vacation. But I believe that still, it two incommensurable values – life and the opportunity to rest”, – concluded Medvedev.
“We had to show them that they will answer for it”
The resumption of tourism to Turkey would depend on the actions of the Turkish authorities and their ability to provide security, also said the Prime Minister.
“With regard to Turkey, we understand what happened. This, incidentally, is not sanctions in the true sense of the word. In fact, it is a defensive reaction of our state. After the destruction of our plane, in the twentieth century usually led by the state in such situation? The great Patriotic war started. Because this is a direct attack on a foreign country. Of course, in the present life, in the current situation, war is the worst that can be,” said the Russian Prime Minister.
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That is why, according to him, the decision was made not to respond symmetrically to what has made Ankara.
“And they, of course, violated all the norms of international law and did, in fact, an act of aggression against our country. The Russian leadership and the President didn’t go for it. But we had to show them that they will answer for it, – said Medvedev. – It is therefore in the interest of safety of our citizens these decisions were taken”.
Speaking of that, are these solutions will last indefinitely, the Prime Minister noted that “the terms in any document not specified”.
“But obviously, to a large extent the failure of such action will depend on the position of the Turkish authorities and whether they will be able to provide security on its territory”, – said Medvedev, speaking about the restrictive measures of the Russian Federation and Turkey.
The attack on the Russian su-24M and its consequences
November 24, fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 shot down Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.
In response, the defense Ministry said the su-24M was in the skies over Syria and crossed the border by the Turkish aircraft. The crew of the downed bomber managed to eject, however, commander Oleg Peshkov was killed by ground fire. Navigator Konstantin Muratina saved the Russian military and taken to a Russian base. During the operation to evacuate the pilots of the su-24M was lost helicopter Mi-8. In the death of a marine-contract employee Alexander Pozynich.
Putin called the attack a Turkish air force aircraft of the Russian Federation, who participated in anti-terrorist operations in Syria and did not pose a threat to Turkey, “the stab in the back” of Russia.
The Russian head of state on 28 November signed a decree on the temporary ban from 1 January 2016 to hire workers from among the citizens of Turkey. With the new year also suspends the agreement with Turkey on visa-free regime. A ban or restriction on the import into Russia of certain goods from Turkey (the list will be determined by the government). In addition, it is not recommended to tour operators to sell trips to Turkey. The government was instructed to strengthen control over the activities of the Turkish road carriers on the territory of Russia in order to ensure security.
Without Turkey and Egypt
Flights with Egypt was suspended on November 6, after the attack, which crashed Russian plane A321 over the Sinai. November 24, Rosturizm recommended to tour operators to suspend trips to Turkey because of Turkish air force shot down Russian bomber.
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“A conversation with Dmitry Medvedev”. Text translation