VTSIOM: Russians continue to support Russia’s actions in Syria after the downed su-24M

VTSIOM: Russians continue to support Russia’s actions in Syria after the downed su-24M

MOSCOW, December 4. Despite recent developments, in particular, the incident with the downed Turkish air force Russian su-24M, citizens of the Russian Federation continue to support the actions of the country’s leadership in Syria.

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These are the results of a survey released on 4 December the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM).

“The majority today, like a few days before the incident, the authorities support the selected course (when the last survey was 62%, including 27% suggest that you actively move in the direction selected)”, – stated in the materials of VTSIOM. While men adhere to this position more often than women (73% vs. 54%).

“Slow down”

Not quite approve of the current actions of the leadership of the country is 27% (including 16% say that they need to “slow down” and 11% believe it is necessary to refuse the participation of Russia in the Syrian conflict).

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“The incident with Russian military aircraft (bomber su-24M was shot down by Turkish military aircraft on 24 November) has caused a wide resonance in the Russian society: heard about what happened the vast majority of our fellow citizens (96%), notes VTSIOM.

Meanwhile, a quarter of respondents (24%) believe that the attack of Turkey on the Russian plane could exacerbate Russian-Turkish relations. Every tenth (9%) considers the beginning of the war between the States. Also called the possibility of closing the border (6%), rising prices for clothing and food (3%). Meanwhile, 14% do not suggest any significant changes in the life of the country. While many of those who are the consequences for Russia are hard to predict (43%).

Economic sanctions and “tough response”

Answering the question “How, in your opinion, should Russia act in connection with the actions of Turkey”, 16% of respondents said that Russia should impose economic sanctions, 10% urge to give a harsh response that will become a lesson for all.

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To break with Turkey and all the ties to secure the borders, prepared to 6% of the respondents. Fully support the current policy of the Russian leadership regarding Turkey 5%. Only 1% of respondents believed that the Russian authorities should ignore what happened and not to take any retaliatory action.

The poll was conducted November 28-29, 2015, Polled 1,600 people in 130 populated localities in 46 regions, territories and republics of Russia. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.

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.

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