SIMFEROPOL, November 25. /TASS/. Crimea cuts off cooperation with the Turkish business and refuses to purchase Turkish goods, Crimea’s Head Sergey Aksyonov told journalists Wednesday after a working meeting with the Russian Minister of Labor and Social Protection Maxim Topilin.
"We unequivocally believe that Crimeans also have to refuse to purchase Turkish food products, goods and so on. I urge Crimeans to refrain from trips to Turkey in general. Not because it is dangerous, but because as of today is a hostile state towards Russia. Currently we are not ready to cooperate with the Turkish businessmen. I openly say it, and I have no doubt that Crimeans will support us," Aksyonov said.
Earlier Crimean parliament Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov told journalists that Crimea is free to refuse the products imported from Turkey. "There is enough food in Crimea. We have more than enough opportunities to replace food products by the goods from the mainland. The share of the products from Turkey is minuscule. Therefore, this problem has more to do with Turkey," he said.
Crimea's industrial policies minister Andrey Skrynnik told TASS that there is no food shortage in Crimea.
On November 24 the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet when the Russian plane was at an altitude of 6,000 meters 1 kilometer from Turkey’s border. Ankara claims the Russian warplane had violated Turkey’s air space while the Russian Defense Ministry says the Su-24 was flying above Syria. Both pilots ejected but one of them was killed by gunfire from the ground.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with King of Jordan Abdullah II on Tuesday that Ankara’s attack against the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 plane, which took part in Russia’s antiterrorism operation in Syria and did not present a threat to Turkey, was a "stab in Russia’s back" delivered by terrorists’ accomplices.
Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.