Russia Boycotts Turkish Supermarkets, Tomatoes; Deports Turkish Businessmen

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After Turkish forces shot down a Russian plane that they believed had strayed into their airspace, tensions have risen dramatically between Russia and Turkey. While Turkey has said that they may have acted differently if they’d realized the plane was Russian, they have refused to apologize for the incident and as a result, Russia is now boycotting Turkish supermarkets.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has demanded that all Russian nationals who are currently in Turkey should return to their home country, citing “existing terrorist threats on Turkish territory” as their reasons.

In addition, Gennadiy Onishchenko, a key Medvedev aide for Russia, has advised Russian people to stop buying from the Turkish markets, particularly singling out Turkish tomatoes as something to boycott. Onishchenko said “Everyone understands that each Turkish tomato bought in Auchan (supermarket) or a market is a contribution to yet another missile which will be used to shoot at our boys.”

Additionally, Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev said that up to 15% of Turkish agricultural produce does not meet Russian standards with levels of pesticides and nitrites being above what they would consider safe limits. He added that Russia would use this opportunity to begin “reinforcing control over supplies of agricultural produce and food from Turkey.”

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Senior Global Economist Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce talks about the economic impacts that will result from the Russia-Turkey tensions. Screen capture c/o Youtube.

As a further blow against Turkey, Russia has also deported 39 Turkish businessmen who were in Russia, citing that they were in violation of immigration laws by engaging in business while on tourist visas.

Now facing possible devastation, or at the very least, serious consequences, to their economy as they’ll no longer be able to depend upon Russian tourism or purchases for income, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed “If we had known if it was a Russian plane maybe we would have warned it differently.”

Despite Turkey continuing to defend their actions, Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he now views the country as traitors to Russia. Speaking of the betrayal, Putin outlined how the downed planes were not even equipped with defense systems because they didn’t think they had to fear harm from Turkey.

Putin said “We didn’t even think that we could receive a strike from a party that we thought to be our partner. The jets were not defended by anything. If we thought of this before, we would have established the systems capable to protect our aircraft… We thought Turkey to be a friendly country.”

Read also: Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane: Vladimir Putin Declares War?

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