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Russian Communist deputy proposing full ban on foodstuff imports from Turkey

November 26, 2015, 4:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Why should we allow the companies from a country, which doesn’t support our policies and cooperates with terrorist groupings, make money here?" Vadim Solovyov asked somewhat rhetorically
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Vadim Solovyov.

Vadim Solovyov.

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MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Russian politicians continued offering their reactions to the Tuesday incident in Syrian airspace where a Russian Sukhoi-24M bomber was brought down by an air-to-air missile launched from an F-16 fighter jet of the Turkish Air Force.

Communist deputy of the State Duma Vadim Solovyov came up with a proposal to expel Turkish construction companies from Russia, as well as to ban the imports of Turkish foodstuffs and textiles, Izvestia daily said.

"By its unexpected escapade, Turkey calls into question a possibility of political and, on top of that, economic trust in it," it quoted Solovyov.

"Much has been said about severing relations in the tour industry but this isn’t the only sphere where our countries have had close cooperation," he said. "Turkish companies are engaged in many landmark construction projects in Russia, like the Federation Tower in the Moskva City business center."

"Why should we allow the companies from a country, which doesn’t support our policies and cooperates with terrorist groupings, make money here?" he asked somewhat rhetorically.

Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of foreign policy committee in the upper house of Russian parliament, believes that Turkey is bearing collective responsibility for the terrorists’ actions as it maintains connections with the Islamic State.

"It’s clear the Islamic State and the groupings of the same mold have been gathering strength and enjoying persistent large-scale support on the part of a number of nations and, very unfortunately, we can state Turkey happens to be one of them," Kosachev said on Wednesday. "In this light, Turkey is bearing collective responsibility for all the actions of terrorist and the global terrorist community as a whole."

As he spoke about the shooting down of a Russian Sukhoi-24 fighter jet in the skies over Syria by the Turkish Air Force, he said: "There is every ground to believe the Turkish authorities knew perfectly well what they were doing and in reality they were defending their political and, in many ways, economic interests."

"Unfortunately, there is much evidence showing active collaboration between Turkish businesses and the Islamic States outlets," Kosachev said. "They make a ploy of chaos in the area and make revenues on contraband oil and oil products, on looted works of art, on everything that poorly guarded but sells well."

"In fact, Turkey is turning into a beneficiary of illicit business brewing on the Syrians’ blood," Kosachev said. "These are not just small business owners fishing in muddled waters because Turkish elites are enmeshed in the process, too.".

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