MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Further economic measures against Turkey may be implemented if Ankara refuses to apologize for downing the Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber jet over Syria, the head of Russia’s upper house of parliament’s international committee chairman for defense and security said Thursday.
“Russia is expecting an official reaction from Turkey on acknowledging that its actions [against the Su-24] were illegal, waiting for an official apology not only before the Russian authorities, but before the families [of the pilot killed]. Depending on the form this is done will depend on which other measures will be taken in regard to Turkey,” Viktor Ozerov said.
On Tuesday, the Russian government backed a proposal by Putin to impose restrictions against Turkey due to security concerns in light of the November 24 incident with the Russian Su-24.
The measures include a ban on charter air travel between the two countries, directions to travel agencies not to sell tours to Russian citizens that involve visiting Turkey and restricts on the import of certain goods from Turkey.