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Putin extends economic sanctions against Turkey

Sanctions include limits on operations of several organizations under the jurisdiction of Turkey in Russia

28.12.2015
Putin extends economic sanctions against Turkey

ANKARA

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed an order to extend Russian economic sanctions against Turkey, a statement from the Kremlin said.

Sanctions were first imposed after Nov. 24, when Turkish forces shot down a Russian fighter that had violated Turkish airspace despite repeated warnings.

The order on Monday implements sanctions that were included in the initial sanctions imposed on Turkey on Nov. 28, but which had not yet been implemented.

The new order also imposed a ban on the operations of several organizations under the jurisdiction of Turkey as well as a limitation of Turkish organizations’ activities in Russia.

The president also on Monday ordered the compilation of a list of agreements between the two nations, and activities under these agreements will be excluded from Russian sanctions against Turkey.

The sanctions against Turkey imposed on Nov. 28 included restrictions on the use of Turkish labor in Russia and a ban on the import of some Turkish goods. 

The sanctions included the unilateral suspension of the visa-free regime for Turkish nationals traveling to Russia starting in 2016. Russian travel agencies are also to suspend the sale to Russian citizens of travel packages to Turkey. The sanctions also introduced a ban on charter flights between Russia and Turkey. 

The order excluded Turkish citizens who have temporary or permanent residence permits in Russia, as well as Turkish citizens -- including their family members -- who have been assigned to diplomatic representations and consulates. 

The order also prohibits the employment of Turkish citizens by Russian employers as of Jan. 1, 2016. The prohibition will exclude employees who have already been officially hired as of Dec. 31, 2015.

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