Russia unveils sanctions list against Turkey

Moscow, Dec 2 (IANS) Russia approved a resolution listing detailed sanctions against Turkey in response to downing of a warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border.

The resolution signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, bans from January 1 imports of foodstuffs as well as cloves and table salt, Xinhua reported.

It suspends activities of the Russian-Turkish trade and investment negotiations.

The resolution cuts the number of annual licenses for 2016 granted to Turkish cargo transporters by road to 2,000 with a prospect of cancelling them altogether.

Meanwhile, according to the resolution, Turkish citizens without a labour contract or a civil contract signed before December 31, 2015 would not be allowed to work in Russia from January 1, 2016.

Bilateral agreement on visa-free travel was suspended, together with charter flights between the two countries except those meant to repatriate Russian tourists from Turkey.

Also on Tuesday, the ministry of education and science said it was curtailing cooperation with Turkey’s universities and planned shortly to repatriate all Russian students in the near future.

The detailed sanctions came after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a decree on economic sanctions against Turkey.

Turkish air force shot down the Russian jet on November 24, saying it had violated the country’s airspace, whereas Moscow insisted the Su-24 stayed over Syria during its flight.

Turkey was Russia’s fifth largest trade partner this year before setting of the sanctions, according to the most recent Russian customs data.

Russia’s imports from Turkey were $3.1 billion in January-September 2015, with Ankara’s turnover of goods with Moscow equalling $18.1 billion (4.6 percent) of all Russian trade.

Russia’s exports to Turkey consist mainly of mineral resources, including hydrocarbons, while main import items were vegetables, fruit and textiles.

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