Russians support countermeasures in response to plane downed by Turkey

According to a recent poll, 81% of Russians see Russia's countermeasures against Turkey for shooting down a Sukhoi Su-24 bomber as appropriate

An overwhelming majority of Russians - 81% - see Russia's countermeasures against Turkey for shooting down a Sukhoi Su-24 bomber as appropriate, the Levada Center sociological service told Interfax on Dec. 25 based on the findings of a poll of 1,600 respondents it conducted in 127 populated areas in 48 regions of Russia on December 18-21.

Only 9% call the measures inadequate, arguing that "these measures will negatively affect Russia's and its citizens' economic condition and will worsen the economic crisis in the country," an opinion shared by 43% of the respondents.

About one third of those polled - 34% - believe that "the unfolding confrontation with Turkey threatens Russia with mutual economic and trade sanctions, from which the people will suffer."

As many as 14% worry about "Russia's further international isolation and an escalation of the Western countries' sanctions against Russia," 13% about "an escalation of military confrontation and the possibility of individual incidents growing into a local war," and 10% do not rule out "military clashes between Russia and NATO troops."

About one third of those polled - 30% - believe the current tensions between Russia and Turkey are "no threat, and Turkey does not pose any threat to Russia."

The poll showed that 56% of Russians blame primarily Turkey's leaders and its president for downing the Russian plane. Another 25% put the blame for this on "the leadership of the U.S. and NATO opposing Russia in Syria" and 17% on the Turkish pilots.

Another 7% of the respondents accuse "the Russian leadership that sent troops to Syria," and 3% put the blame on "Russian pilots who violated Turkey's airspace." At the same time, 5% are of the view that "nobody is to blame and that this is an accident that can happen during military operations."

The poll also revealed that 83% of Russians support the idea not to vacation in Turkey as a countermeasure to the downed Russian bomber (in particular, 42% say Turkey acted as a country unfriendly to Russia and 32% believe it is dangerous now to vacate in Turkey).

As many as 11% do not support this measure, including 8% who point out that there are no vacation destinations in Russia comparable to Turkish ones in terms of price and quality.

Relations between Moscow and Ankara worsened after a Turkish fighter shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber involved in the ongoing counterterrorist operation in Syria on November 24.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on November 28 on applying special economic measures against Turkey, which, in particular, ban imports of Turkish vegetables, fruits, carnations, frozen poultry meat, and salt starting January 1, 2016.




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