Dvorkovich: Russia will expand the list of measures against Turkey

"We have no purpose to give up cooperation with Turkey fully"

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Russia will expand the list of measures taken in response to Turkey's unfriendly actions.

"We have no purpose to give up cooperation with Turkey fully, we believe there is a need for an appropriate response to unfriendly actions, and we began giving such a response several days ago. There will be further actions, which will be announced, the prime minister has already announced them in meetings. We will move consistently in this direction until there is an appropriate reaction, I mean what the Russian president spoke about," Dvorkovich said in an interview with Rossiya-24 (VGTRK) television.

The relations between Russia and Turkey aggravated after a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber, which took part in the anti-terrorist operation in Syria, was shot down by a Turkish fighter plane over the territory of Syria on Nov. 24.

That incident drew a tough reaction from the Russian authorities. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attack by the Turkish Air Force against the Russian warplane was "backstabbing" by "terrorists' accomplices," adding that the incident will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations.

On Nov. 28, Putin signed a decree on the use of special economic measures on Turkey, which banned the import into Russia of Turkish vegetables and fruit, carnations, frozen poultry and salt from Jan. 1, 2016. The visa-free regime for Turkish citizens travelling to Russia is also cancelled from Jan. 1, 2016. The decree also requires Russian tour operators to refrain from working on the Turkish track. The Russian government banned charter flights to Turkey, with the exception of flights taking Russian tourists from Turkey, from Dec. 1, 2015.

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