Putin: Turkey will regret warplane downing ‘for a long time’

Putin: Turkey will regret warplane downing ‘for a long time’

(CNN)Turkey has only just begun to feel repercussions for downing a Russian warplane last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned during his annual state of the union address Thursday, hours before the countries’ foreign ministers were to meet amid simmering tensions.

“If Turkey thinks it’s going to get away with “mere restrictions on the trade of tomatoes or some other restrictions … then they are grossly mistaken,” Putin said.

“We shall remind them many times about what they’ve done, and they will regret what they’ve done for a long time,” he said. “We know what needs to be done.”

Putin’s remarks was one of the latest verbal salvos between the two nations that erupted after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane November 24 that Russia says was part of its anti-terrorist airstrikes over Syria. Ankara said the plane moved into Turkish airspace and was given ample warning; Moscow denies both assertions, saying the aircraft was downed over Syria.

One of the plane’s pilots was killed, while another was rescued.

Russia-Turkey tensions have risen since the downing. Russia has taken steps aimed at hurting Turkey economically, including suspending a gas pipeline construction project.

Russia also has launched  accusations that Turkey is involved in a secret oil trade with ISIS,the Islamist terror group that has captured parts of Syria and Iraq. Russian officials assert the alleged arrangement financially benefits not only ISIS but also Turkey’s ruling elite.

Turkey insists it’s had nothing to do with buying oil from ISIS.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu were expected to meet briefly Thursday afternoon in Belgrade, Serbia, on the sidelines of an Organization for Security and Co-operation meeting, the Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported.



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