Putin Places Sanctions On Turkey Over Jet Downing

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Nov 29, 2015 9:45 AM
Putin Places Sanctions On Turkey Over Jet Downing

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for sanctions against Turkey on Saturday after they downed a Russian jet earlier in the week.

The sanctions include a ban on some goods and labor contract extensions for Turks working in Russia, according to The Associated Press. It does not include specifics on what goods are to be banned.

The decree also calls for an end to chartered flights from Russia to Turkey as well as for Russian tourism firms to halt sales of vacation packages that include a stay in Turkey.

The incident has sharpened Russian-Turkish tensions over the four-year civil war in Syria, where Syrian President Bashar Assad's backers, Russia and Iran, have clashed with the U.S.-led international coalition against ISIS.

The move comes on the heels of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing remorse about bringing the aircraft down, saying his government is “really saddened” by it. He did not offer a formal apology, however—something Moscow demanded.  

Erdogan said he hoped the incident wouldn’t escalate and lead to “saddening consequences.”

"We are truly saddened by this incident," he continued. "We wish it hadn't happened as such, but unfortunately such a thing has happened. I hope that something like this doesn't occur again."

Putin’s administration said the incident was a “stab in the back” and has refused to meet with Erdogan.