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Poll Shows Russians Are Reluctant to See Anti-Turkish Sanctions Scrapped

© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the photo bankProtests in Moscow against Turkish Air Force's actions. file photo
Protests in Moscow against Turkish Air Force's actions. file photo - Sputnik International
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The majority of Russians say that they are against the cancellation of economic sanctions imposed by Moscow against Turkey in the wake of Ankara's November downing of a Russian warplane, according to a recent VTsIOM poll.

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At least 63 percent of Russians are unwilling to see the abrogation of sanctions Moscow slapped on Turkey after Ankara downed the Russian jet last year, according to the latest poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM). 

The poll also revealed that 78 percent of respondents believe that Russian authorities should not agree to any compromise before Ankara officially extends an apology for the downing of the Russian aircraft.

When asked about which of the two countries suffered more from the ongoing chill in ties, about 54 percent of Russians said that they see Turkey as the greatest loser.

However, around 35 percent of respondents maintain that both parties suffered equal losses in the standoff, while only three percent said that Russia was hardest hit by the conflict.

VTsIOM head Valery Fyodorov said, for his part, that "three months after the destruction by the Turks of the Russian Su-24 bomber, the nation is not ready to forgive the blood and humiliation without Ankara's admission of guilt and appropriate apology."

Russian-Turkish relations have been strained by Ankara’s decision to shoot down a Russian frontline bomber over Syria on November 24, 2015, which lead to the death of one of its two pilots and a Russian marine involved in the rescue operation.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin described the downing of the Russian attack aircraft, which was conducting an air operation against Islamist terrorists, as a stab in the back and decreed a series of economic restrictions against Turkey on November 28.

The move to slap Ankara with restrictive measures was approved by the Russian government and came into force in December.
Russia banned several Turkish food and agriculture imports, and suspended charter flights to Turkey, advising Russian travel agencies not to sell package tours to the country due to security concerns.

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