Russia hits Turkey with sanctions over warplane downing
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pics/AFP
The decree published on the Kremlin’s website yesterday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was "truly saddened" by the event.
The decree includes a ban on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts for Turks working in Russia. It doesn’t specify what goods are to be banned or give other details, but it also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for tourism companies to stop selling vacation packages that would include a stay in Turkey.
Erdogan’s expression of regret was the first since the incident. He said, “Neither country should allow the incident to escalate and take destructive form that would lead to saddening consequences. If we allow our sovereign rights to be violated ... then the territory would no longer be our territory,” he added.
Turkey to hand over Russian pilot's body
Ankara: The body of a Russian pilot killed when his plane was shot down by Turkey last week will be handed over to a Russian representative after being retrieved from Syria, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu said yesterday. Davutoglu added that a Russian official would travel soon with a Turkish military official to take possession of the body.