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Russia to Impose Sanctions on Turkey After Plane is Shot Down

The Russian government announced its plans to impose sanctions on Turkey after it shot a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border.

These new measures, which were announced by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, target key areas of cooperation between the two countries.

According to Mr. Medvedev, sanctions will centre on “the introduction of bans and restrictions with respect to the activities of Turkish economic structures on Russian territory” including imports, like food, and the operations of Turkish companies within Russia.

“The same rules may apply to a whole range of investment projects,” he added. “Co-operation on them with Turkey was determined by a high level of trust with that country.”

The ongoing civil war in Syria, in which the countries support opposing sides, has soured Russo-Turkish relations for which the downing of the Russian plane has acted as a tipping point.

The sanctions could prove damaging for Turkey, for whom Russia is its second largest trading partner and a major source of tourists.

Analysts have said they are not anticipating further military conflict between the two countries.

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