PM Ahmet Davutoğlu: “Turkey mulling retaliatory sanctions on Russia”

20149211053222465111_Turkish-Prime-Minister-Ahmet-DavutogluTurkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Tuesday his government was considering retaliatory measures against Moscow, with whom it is embroiled in a bitter dispute over Ankara’s shooting down of a Russian warplane.

“If we find it necessary, we will introduce retaliatory sanctions,” Davutoğlu told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), adding that cabinet had discussed possible measures at a meeting on Monday.

“But we hope that the crisis with Russia will be overcome and there will be no need to resort to these measures,” he added.

“We are ready for all kinds of discussions with Russia but we will never accept being dictated to.”

Moscow has imposed a series of economic sanctions on Ankara after Turkish fighter jets shot down a Su-24 bomber on the Syrian border on November 24, sparking the biggest crisis between the two countries since the Cold War.

Russia’s sanctions include a ban on the import of some Turkish foods and a halt on sales of Turkish holiday packages, a major blow to tourism in the Mediterranean country.