Moscow hits Turkey with economic sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a series of slight economic sanctions on Turkey, Saturday.

In punishing Ankara for the downing of a Russian attack bomber over Syria last week, the package of sanctions target mostly fruit and vegetables.

Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev announced Russia was intent on maximizing the effects on Turkey while protecting Russian economic interests.

A Kremlin press release declared:

Measures providing the national security of the Russian Federation and the protection of its citizens against criminal and other unlawful acts, and on imposing special economic measures in relation to Turkish Republic”

While not excessively punitive, the sanctions only temporarily prohibit or restrict a limited amount of goods shipped in from Turkey.  Turkish administered groups will also have their activities limited.

Russia is also currently weighing stiffer penalties such as the cancellation of a pipeline to deliver natural gas to Turkey and the abandonment of a project to assist Turkey in the construction of a nuclear power facility.

Similarly, the edict also suspends visa-free travel from Turkey to Russia indefinitely, prohibits Russian businesses from employing Turkish nationals effective January 2016, limits Turkish firms from bidding on Russian construction projects and ends chartered flights between Russia and Turkey.

Fuming over the loss of two servicemen and one aircraft and frustrated over a lack of sympathy or cooperation, this bundle of sanctions ushered in by Moscow is not altogether inappropriate.

Unlike a tirade of puerile taunts, these sanctions will injure Turkey, which has yet to offer an apology to Moscow for the highly-questionable downing of its aircraft.

Perhaps these sanctions will serve as a guide on how Turkey must think about their values and decisions.  If these economic sanctions are not sufficiently effective, the revelation that Russia’s Air Force is now arming its aircraft with air-to-air missiles for self-defense is a more powerful tool than limiting fruits, nuts and vegetables.

 

[RT News] [Photo courtesy RT News]

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