Turkey shoots down Russian Su-24; Duma considers severing diplomatic relations and drastic measures


November 24, 2015 – 

RusVesna – 

Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski

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“Severing diplomatic relations with Turkey has been proposed in the State Duma”

In the State Duma, the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has been called upon to sever diplomatic relations with Turkey following its shooting down of a Russian Su-24.

Such a request was put before the head of the country by deputies Valery Rashkin and Sergey Obkhov (both from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation). A copy of the request was sent to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov. Rashkin and Obkhov earlier proposed that the president sever flight connections with Turkey due to the threat of terrorist attacks.

“The aggression of Turkey once again confirms the overwhelming support of the Turkish Republic for international terrorism, especially the Islamic State, which is a terrorist organization banned in Russia. Signs of this have been clearly manifested before, such as when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey issued a statement that seven states are unsettled by Russia’s actions in Syria in the framework of the counter-terrorist operation,” the deputies remarked in a letter to Putin.

Rashkin and Obkhov believe that the actions of Turkey warrant urgent responsive measures:

“In relation to this, we ask you to summon our ambassador to the Republic of Turkey to clarify the situation and simultaneously consider the question of downgrading diplomatic relations to the point of severing them, raise the question of the responsibility of Turkey for its aggression against Russia in the UN security council, recognize Turkey as a country which is an accomplice of terrorism, and take measures to curb this state’s support for ISIS and other terrorist groups,” the deputies requested. 

A similar view was taken by A Just Russia. The deputy chairman of the State Duma, Nikolay Levichev, stated that “Turkey has shown solidarity with terrorists.”

“This act of aggression is comparable to the attack on the Russian plane in the sky over Sinai. Now, as the link between Ankara and ISIS is obvious, we need to minimize the risk posed by Turkey to our citizens. To this end, it is advisable to cease flight connections with this country and evacuate Russians living there. It is worth considering the immediate withdrawal of our ambassador from Ankara to Moscow for consultation. Our response should be swift and decisive,” Levichev said. 

He stressed that a relevant request for the federal agency of air transport is already being prepared. 

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