Yesterday Putin signed sanctions against Turkey in response to the jet incident, according to the New York Times. The sanctions include, among others: many orders such as, ending all chartered flights from Russia to Turkey, Russian companies to stop selling vacation packages that include a stay in Turkey;, the end of visa- free travel between the two nations;, strict control over Turkish air carriers in Russia; and a ban on a list of Turkish goods that will be made at the discretion of Russian Prime Minister Dmitiry Medvedev’s cabinet.
Tensions have been high between Turkey and Russia after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet flying over Syrian airspace on Nov. 24. A disagreement arose between the two nations as Russian President Vladimir Putin denies the fighter jet was ever over Turkish airspace. Russia claims their jet was in the area bombing ISIS militants and never crossed borders. Turkey claims it issued several warnings to the pilots to exit Turkish airspace or be shot down; these warnings were ignored and no communication was ever established, so the jet was shot down.
Earlier today the body of the Russian pilot killed in the jet shooting was handed over to Turkish authorities, who will return the body to Russia, according to CNN. The other Russian pilot was rescued shortly after the jet was shot down.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government is truly saddened by what happened. He has tried to call Putin twice to discuss the matter, however Putin has refused to answer. Russia’s foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said it was because “we have seen that the Turkish side hasn’t been ready to offer an elementary apology over the plane incident.” Putin has been very upset over the incident calling it a complete back stabbing by Turkey. It appears until a sincere apology has been made Putin will refuse to discuss the matter with Erdogan and proceed with sanctions against Turkey.
In a televised speech yesterday, Erodgan said, “Confrontation will not bring anyone happiness. As much as Russia is important for Turkey, Turkey is important for Russia.” In a few days the climate change summit in Paris will commence in which both nations will be in attendance. Erodgan has said it might be a chance for the two nations to make peace but it is unclear if any planned meetings between Russia and Turkey will take place.