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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

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

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 

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.

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.

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

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).

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

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.

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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