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    A total of 73 percent of Russians have changed their attitude toward Turkey for the worse following the incident with a Russian attack aircraft, according to a latest poll on the matter.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On November 24, the Russian Su-24 jet was brought down in Syria by an air-to-air missile fired from a Turkish F-16 fighter. Russia insists that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace and the attack was pre-planned.

    The attitude of 58 percent of respondents has seriously worsened over the downing of the Russian Su-24, while 15 percent said that their position toward Turkey has rather changed for the worse, the survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) for RIA Novosti revealed.

    Only 23 percent of respondents said the incident did not affect their attitude toward Turkey while four percent were undecided. No respondents expressed positive attitude toward the downing of the Russian jet.

    Among those asked whether they were going to spend vacation in Turkey, a major destination for Russian tourists in the previous years, 94 percent said they did not plan to travel there soon while 4 percent said they reconsidered their plans after the incident with the Su-24.

    The survey, conducted on November 28-29, involved 1,600 respondents in 46 regions of Russia and has a statistical discrepancy no higher than 3.5 percent.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin described the Turkish attack that resulted in the death of two Russians — a pilot of the aircraft and a Russian naval infantry soldier killed in the rescue operation by — as a "stab in the back" carried out by "accomplices of terrorists."

    On November 28, Putin signed a decree to increase national security and introduce economic measures against Ankara. The measures, which ban or restrict the activities of Turkish organizations in Russia as well as banning Russian employers from hiring Turkish citizens, are due to take effect from January 1, 2016.

    The measures also target charter air travel between the two countries, as well as ban or restrict the import of certain goods from Turkey.

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