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    November 25, 2015

    RUSSIANS RESPOND TO TURKEY’S “STAB IN THE BACK”: IMMEDIATE REACTION



    November 25, 2015

    Translated by Alevtina Rea

    Russia supports the idea and is willing to take steps to close the Turkish-Syrian border, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "I think this is the right proposal. We would be willing to seriously consider the necessary measures. ... Many people say that by closing the border we will, in fact, stop the terrorist threat in Syria," Lavrov said.

    Meanwhile, according to Reuters, there are hundreds of Turkish trucks being accumulated on the Russian border with Georgia. All other vehicles (not with Turkish license plates) are allowed to pass.

    According to the Turkish drivers, Russian border guards did not explain the reasons for the refusal to pass, but they themselves attribute this to the fact that relations between the two countries are going through a difficult time after Turkish fighter jets downed the Russian bomber in Syria.

    In addition, the customs brokers involved in clearance of goods from Turkey told the radio station "Moscow Speaks" about the unofficial ban on the import of Turkish goods to Russia. One of the radio station employees, who is engaged in the import of products, said that starting Wednesday the customs officials do not accept the declaration of registration of all categories of Turkish goods carriers and, basically, they recommend re-exporting all the goods in transit.
    A protester shouts slogans during a demonstration in front of the Turkish embassy in Moscow 

    "No one is shown any official orders on the subject, but the point is that from now on it is not possible to do the paperwork for Turkish shipments. The trucks in transit are being blocked, and those that reached the destination are in process of re-exporting. Those goods that were delivered by air are also experiencing the same problems," the source added.

    Earlier on Wednesday, the assistant chairman of the Russian government, the former head of Rospotrebnadzor Gennady Onishchenko, said that the buyers of Turkish products are financially supporting the Turkish military, to some extent.

    Sergei Aksyonov, head of the Republic of Crimea, urged the peninsula inhabitants to boycott any trips to Turkey, as well as the purchase of manufactured Turkish goods. On his Facebook page, he wrote, "After what happened on November 24, vacations on Turkish resorts for residents of the Crimea are unacceptable not only for safety reasons but also on moral grounds. The boycott of all Turkish goods and Turkish businesses is also our moral duty. I appeal to all the Crimeans to participate in such actions," said Aksyonov, stressing that "we cannot support in any form the country that is killing our fellow citizens."

    “We cancel all communication with Turkey, including the ferry. We are not prepared to cooperate with the Turkish business,” said Aksyonov (as quoted by RIA Novosti).

    Also, most residents of Kaliningrad – over 80% – are willing to give up the products, services, and trips to Turkey. These are the results of a survey conducted by Klops.Ru.

    The possible prohibition on the supply of fruits and vegetables from Turkey will not affect the Russian market of agricultural products. Russian Agriculture Minister, Alexander Tkachev, said as much in an interview to television channel "Russia 1” on Wednesday.

    There are no official reports on the introduction of food embargo toward Turkey yet. However, this measure is discussed in Russian political circles as one of the answers to the destruction of the Russian military aircraft Su-24.

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