Protests against the Turkish government in Russia following the downing of a Russian jet on the Turkey/Syria border have intensified. Last week, Russians burned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in effigy before a Turkish embassy in Crimea.
In Simferopol, a group put together a hay effigy of Erdoğan in the main square. They proceeded to light it on fire while chanting “Down with ISIS (Islamic State).”
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) November 27, 2015
They're burning a Erdogan in Crimea. Which makes a change from the anti-nazi's burning books. pic.twitter.com/rEhuJY7q35
— Vladimir Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) November 27, 2015
В Симферополе сожгли чучело Эрдогана pic.twitter.com/u6fi7tDucu
— Mikhail Golub (@golub) November 27, 2015
The Turkish embassy in Moscow has faced numerous protests since Nov. 24. Members of the conservative Rodina Party delivered an Erdogan effigy in a coffin to the building.
Outside the embassy of Turkey, Nov. 27, Moscow pic.twitter.com/DP3XxqlHq8
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— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) November 25, 2015
Over the weekend, protesters attacked the embassy building.
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) November 25, 2015
— Enrico Ivanov (@Russ_Warrior) November 25, 2015
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Some protesters asked the Turkish government if they are for or against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). Others accused the country of allying themselves with the radical Islamic group.
In front of Turkish Embassy in Moscow: - Turkey, are you against, or with IGIL? pic.twitter.com/pmUJJ0x77w
— Vera Van Horne (@VeraVanHorne) November 24, 2015
Protester with sign "Turkey is an ally of ISIS" outside Turkish embassy in Moscow now. pic.twitter.com/uVqJjg8lj2
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Breitbart News has documented links between ISIS and Turkey, a NATO country, over the past year and a half. Turkish officials, who vocally oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, joined the fight against ISIS this summer after a terrorist attack within Turkish borders. Evidence has surfaced indicating Turkish military assets are targeting Islamic State areas less than they are using their resources against the Kurds.
Russian President Vladimir Putin passed economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday. Earlier this week, Medvedev warned that the many joint projects between the two countries could be in danger. The Turkish government “commissioned Russia’s state-owned Rosatom in 2013 to build four 1,200-megawatt reactors in a project worth $20 billion.” The TurkStream pipeline project could be affected as well, a project intended as a way to transport natural gas to Europe without going through Ukraine.
“There are a lot of Turkish companies operating in the construction business in the Russian market; there is cooperation in the tourism sector,” stated Dmitry Abzalov, the vice president of the Center for Strategic Communications. “The termination of relations with Moscow on these issues will be negative for the Turkish economy, and it will hit the national currency the lira.”
The Russian Ministry of Agriculture also declared their sector “would strengthen control over food supplies” and “perform additional border and production checks.” The Kremlin did not include Turkey in their Western food ban in 2014 in retaliation for the West’s sanctions on Russia following its aggression towards Ukraine.
“About 15 percent of Turkish agricultural products on average do not meet Russian standards,” said Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev.