MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin utilized his annual state of the nation speech on Thursday to warn Turkey the Kremlin planned to adopt further sanctions against it to punish Ankara for shooting down a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border last week.
Russia has currently banned some Turkish food imports in retaliation as portion of a sanctions package, and has accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family of benefiting from the smuggling of oil from Islamic State controlled territory in Syria and Iraq, allegations Turkey denies.
But on Thursday, with out specifying how, Putin made clear Moscow planned to go significantly additional, employing sturdy rhetoric which underscored the continued depth of his anger towards Ankara more than the Nov.24 incident.
“We are not organizing to engage in military sabre-rattling,” Putin told an audience in the Kremlin.
“But if any person thinks that possessing committed this awful war crime, the murder of our men and women, that they are going to get away with some measures concerning their tomatoes or some limits on construction and other sectors, they are sorely mistaken.”
(Reporting by Christian Lowe, Dmitry Solovyov, Masha Tsvetkova, Lidia Kelly, Denis Dyomkin Writing by Andrew Osborn Editing by Andrew Heavens)