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Ministries submit proposals on implementation of presidential decree on Turkey

November 28, 2015, 23:58 UTC+3
"The ministries have submitted their proposals to the government. Now they are being considered so that a relevant governmental resolution can be drafted," Timakova said
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MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Russian ministries have submitted to the government their proposals on implementation of the presidential decree on restrictive measures imposed on Turkey, the prime minister's press secretary Natalya Timakova has told TASS.

"The ministries have submitted their proposals to the government. Now they are being considered so that a relevant governmental resolution can be drafted," Timakova said.

Earlier on Saturday, the Kremlin press service said that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that suspends employment of Turkish workers starting from January 1, 2016. Also, Russia suspends the visa-free travel agreement with Turkey, imposes bans or restrictions on imports of certain goods [the list will be determined by the government]. Besides, travel agencies are advised against selling holiday packages to Turkey. The government is instructed to tighten control over activities of Turkish haulage companies with the goal of ensuring security within Russia.

Russia suspends imports or "restricts foreign economic operations envisaging imports to the Russian Federation of certain goods originating in the Turkish Republic in line with a register determined by the government of the Russian Federation [exclusive of the goods brought into the Russian Federation for individual use in the amounts permitted by the laws of Eurasian Economic Union]," the decree says.

"For purposes of protecting national security and national interests of the Russian Federation, protection of the citizens of the Russian Federation from criminal or any other illegal activities," the decree stipulates bans or restrictions for organisations under Turkey’s jurisdiction to conduct certain types of activity within Russia in line with the register drafted by Russia’s government.

The government is instructed to draft registers for relevant goods and services.

Besides, the decree suspends employment of Turkish nationals starting from January 1, 2016.

The president ordered to agencies of power, legal entities, organisations and individuals to proceed from the fact that Russia "imposes a provisional ban for employers and labour (or services) customers that are not included in the register determined by the Russian government to get involved in the labour activities (in providing services) starting from January 1, 2016 the workers from the Turkish Republic who are not engaged in labour or civil law relations with the companies or customers concerned as of December 31, 2015."

The government is instructed to determine a register of the employers or customers concerned and to "determine a register of contracts concluded with organisations under jurisdiction of the Turkish Republic for delivering goods or providing services not subject to special economic restrictions envisioned in the given decree."

Along with this, the president instructed the government to tighten control over Turkish haulage companies, over the security of sea ports and to ensure transport security in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Also, Putin instructed the Russian government to impose a ban on chartered flights between Turkey and Russia.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the cabinet that Russia would impose restrictions on Turkey and freeze some joint projects in response to the attack on Russian Su-24 plane.

The downing of Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkey

On November 24, the Turkish Air Force’s fighter jet shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber. Ankara claims the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria.

However, Russia’s Defence Ministry has said the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory and "there was no violation of the Turkish air space."

The crew of the Su-24M bomber managed to eject but one of the pilots was killed by gunfire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued and taken to the Russian air base.

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