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Moscow imposes sanctions on Ankara


MOSCOW: Russia on Friday has imposed sanctions on Turkey as the words war over a downed Russian warplane escalated.

According to details from international media, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia not to “play with fire”.

Russia announced it was halting a visa-free regime for Turkish visitors, after threatening a raft of retaliatory economic measures to punish the Nato member state.

Tuesday’s incident has sent recriminations flying between two rival players in the Syrian war just as countries such as France are pushing for a broader coalition to try to defeat the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

“We advise Russia not to play with fire,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara, lashing out at Russia’s response to the downing as well as its support of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.