Russian P.M. calls for sanctions against Turkey

Nov 26, 2015, 10:27 AM EST
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Source: Flickr - Jürg Vollmer
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Source: Flickr - Jürg Vollmer

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for strict sanctions against Turkey amid this week’s rising tensions between the two countries. Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane has escalated global concern for activity in Syria and Iraq against ISIS, the Kurds, Syrian rebels, and Syrian  President Bashar al-Assad’s military. The Washington Post writes:

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday called for tough sanctions against Turkey that could bite into more than $30 billion in trade ties between the two countries, as police here began seizing Turkish products and deporting Turkish businessmen.
Russian officials are seething after Turkish F-16s downed a Russian warplane over the Syrian border in a debacle that ultimately left two Russian servicemen dead. Turkey says that the Russian plane breached its airspace and was warned five times to turn back, charges that Russia denies.
International concern is also rising around who is buying oil and gas from the Islamic State thereby funding its terrorist activity. Reuters reports that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Russian accusations that Turkey has been doing so. Erdogan has accused Moscow of backing Assad, claiming that Russia is the real source of the group’s financial and military power. The news outlet details:
Medvedev on Wednesday alleged that Turkish officials were benefiting from Islamic State oil sales, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said it was no secret that "terrorists" use Turkish territory.
"Shame on you. It's clear where Turkey buys its oil and gas ... Those who claim we are buying oil from Daesh like this must prove their claims. Nobody can slander this country," Erdogan said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
"If you are seeking the source of weaponry and financial power of Daesh, the first place to look is the Assad regime and countries that act with it," he said.