Russian deputy criticises discrimination against Turks

Russian deputy slams discrimination against Turks after Russian warplane shot down by Turkish military after violating Turkey's airspace

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Dmitry Gudkov, MP from the party A Just Russia.

Dmitry Gudkov, a Russian MP from the A Just Russia party, has strongly criticised discrimination against Turkish citizens in Russia and his country’s sanctions against Turkey.

He said, "[Turkish nationals] are not allowed in Russia. They are being forced to wait at airports for hours and then sent back. Tell me. Did Turkish students down the plane? Did Turkish constructors kill the pilot."

Gudkov stated Russian authorities had made a “big mistake” by discriminating against all Turks in the country without exception.

Gudkov also likened Russian officials' approaches to Turkish citizens to that of the Nazis, adding, "What is happening in Russia and promoted in Russian televisions is this exactly. Did our grandfathers fight for this?"

He drew attention to the fact that Russian citizens abroad had not faced discrimination over the annexation of Crimea or the Ukrainian civil war.

Gudkov said, "So is Nazism reborn in Ukraine or Russia?"

After a Russian warplane was shot down by Turkish F-16 jets for violating Turkish airspace, Russia decided to enact a series of sanctions against Turkey.

Up to now the sanctions involve the end of visa-free travel after January 1, the banning of Turkish food products, prohibiting Turkish tourism sales, forbidding certain Turkish imports and limiting the economic activity of Turkish companies and individuals in Russia.

Russia has also called on its citizens to boycott Turkish products and not to visit Turkey.

Relations between the two countries soured when a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian Su-24 jet which was bombing Syrian opposition forces in Latakia, near the Turkish province of Hatay, after it failed to heed 10 warnings in five minutes.

According to the Turkish authorities, the plane had violated Turkish airspace for 17 seconds before being shot down, but Russia denied the jet ever left Syrian airspace.

One of two Russian pilots was shot dead in mid-air by Syrian Turkmen opposition forces after ejecting, while another Russian soldier was killed during a rescue operation to save the other pilot when Turkmen forces blew up their helicopter.

The incident marked the worst confrontation between Russia and a NATO-member since the end of the Cold War.

TRTWorld and agencies