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Turkey: 'Russian sanctions will only deepen the problem'

Turkish officials says Russian sanctions will only deepen problems between the two countries. Credit: Reuters

Russia's newly announced economic sanctions against Turkey will only "deepen the problem" a senior Turkish official has said.

President Vladamir Putin ordered the sanctions in retaliation for Turkey downing a Russian jet near the Syrian border.

"Sanctions like this would only damage relations. These steps do not make anything easier, but deepen the problem," the official told Reuters.


Putin orders ban on Turkish goods and staff in Russia

President Putin imposed a series of restrictions on Turkish staff and products. Credit: Reuters

Russia has announced a series of economic sanctions against Turkey after the downing of a Russian jet near the Syrian border.

In a series of restrictions announced by the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin imposed:

  • Restrictions on imports of some Turkish products
  • Limits on the operations of some Turkish firms based in Russia
  • Russian tour operators were told to refrain from selling holidays to Turkey
  • Russian companies are to also restrict hiring Turkish staff from January 1, 2016.

Tensions between the two countries have been fraught since Turkey shot down a Russian military jet near the Syrian border on November 24.

One pilot survived but the other was reportedly killed by militants on the ground.

Turkey claims it issued repeated warnings to the plane saying it was in their airspace before it was shot down.

But the surviving Russian pilot Captain Konstantin Murakhtin maintained he did not violate Turkey's airspace and that he heard no prior warnings.


Nick Hurd named as Grant Shapps replacement

Nick Hurd MP will replace Grant Shapps as International Development minister. Credit: Twitter

Downing Street have confirmed Nick Hurd, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, will replace Grant Shapps as International Development minister.

Shapps resigned earlier today following claims he mishandled bullying allegations that reportedly led to the suicide of a young Conservative activist.

Jamie Vardy breaks Premier League goalscoring record

Vardy is in amazing form. Credit: PA

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has broken Ruud Van Nistelrooy's Premier League record by scoring for the eleventh match in row.

The England forward opened the scoring against Manchester United in the 24th minute on Saturday to break Ruud van Nistelrooy's 10-game mark, which had stood since 2003.

Vardy struck his goal with a superb finish. Credit: PA

Vardy netted his 14th goal of the season when he latched onto Christian Fuchs' pass and fired in across David De Gea from 12 yards after Kasper Schmeichel had launched a quick break from a United corner.

The 28-year-old's run started with a late penalty in the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in August and has included braces against Arsenal and Southampton, a winner against Watford and the record-equalling strike at Newcastle last week.

Ruud van Nistelrooy tweeted his congratulations to Jamie Vardy:

Elliott Johnson's father: This is not the end of the story

Elliott Johnson's parents Ray and Alison. Credit: David Levene for the Guardian

The father of a young Tory activist who took his own life after allegedly being bullied has said minister Grant Shapps' resignation is "not the end of the story".

Ray Johnson, whose 21-year-old son Elliott killed himself earlier this year, called on Chairman Lord Feldman to also step down.

Mr Johnson told ITV News: "Grant Shapps has fallen on his sword, and as the sole party chairman, the responsibility now lies with Andrew Feldman.

"Feldman's position is no longer tenable. It's time for the prime minister to take control.

"The Conservative party brand is tarnished and needs a wholesale clear out. This is not the end of the story.'

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