Friday, November 27, 2015

Russia targets Turkish economy as tensions keep simmering........A VERY DANGEROUS WORLD!

Russia targets Turkish economy as tensions keep simmering

Turkey rejects Putin's call for an apology for shooting down jet

Turkey's president on Thursday rebuffed Russian leader Vladimir Putin's request for an apology over the shootdown of a Russian warplane, as Moscow took aim at Turkey's economy, ordering tougher checks on its food imports.

Russia has reacted with fury to the incident and vowed to retaliate by clamping down on trade and business ties. As Russia ramped up its criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed Putin's demands that Ankara apologize or offer compensation to Russia.

"I think if there is a party that needs to apologize, it is not us," Erdogan said in an interview on CNN International. "Those who violated our airspace are the ones who need to apologize."

Turkish and U.S. officials said the Turkish pilots warned the Russian planes 10 times in five minutes that they were approaching Turkey's airspace and that the requests to shift course went unanswered. The Turkish military later released recordings of the warnings.

But Putin repeated Russia's position that the aircraft was in Syrian airspace when it was downed, and insisted that Turkey had broken international law.

Turkey's leadership was "intentionally pushing Russian-Turkish relations to a dead end," he said at a meeting with foreign ambassadors, according to the Interfax news agency. "We have heard neither apologies from the high military and political level in Turkey, nor about compensating the damage, nor a promise to punish criminals for the offense committed."

So far, Russia's only action had been to ship one of its most-advanced air-defense systems to its air base in Syria. But on Thursday, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachyov ordered tighter control on agricultural products from Turkey, including additional checks at the border and at production sites, saying some Turkish products don't meet Russian standards.

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