Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Russia would suspend its visa-free regime with Turkey from January 1, 2016. "Some 69,000 [Turkish] citizens indicated ‘tourism’ as the purpose of their arrival [in Russia], about 31,000 arrived on business trips, whereas others came on personal visits.
Turkey's annual revenues from Russian tourists stood at $10 bln, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) Oleg Safonov, the country will "obviously not be receiving those funds anymore." Russia’s Su-24 warplane was downed by an air-to-air missile launched from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.
Turkish president declaring his military will shoot down any new intruder. Russian Defense Ministry prepared to destroy any aerial target that may threaten its warplanes, announced severance of all military ties with Turkey. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered sanctions against Turkey, bans on products. Russia was biggest source of Turkish imports last year, worth $25 billion, largest destination for Turkish exports, mostly textiles and food, confiscation of large quantities of Turkish food imports.
Russian state hi-tech corporation Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov announced Russia had signed a contract with China on the delivery of 24 Su-35 multifunctional fighter jets to China.
The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in fiscal 2015 and look set to remain strong in coming years; Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, Pentagon Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
A national association of state lawmakers has announced that it will investigate a burgeoning effort to let companies opt out of workers’ compensation insurance and write their own plans for how they’ll care for injured workers.
Russia’s largest tour operators are terminating their business with Turkey in response to the Kremlin's travel warning. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov canceled his visit to Istanbul over the jet incident, recommended Russians not visit Turkey in the near future. Three million tourists from Russia visited the country last year, could cost Turkey $30 billion a year. Putin warned downing of the Russian warplane will have grave consequences for Russia’s relations with Turkey.
Federal customs service said that customs officers gave the order of 100% screening of cargo from Turkey, and then to leave them at the warehouse of temporary storage.
Russia’s state-owned gas giant, Gazprom, has announced halting natural gas supply to Ukraine after Kiev failed to make upfront payments for more supplies.
Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian bomber involved in an anti-terror mission against the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group means that Ankara has effectively sided with IS. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Turkey’s role in the terrorist group’s illegal oil trade.
The size of the territory claimed by the French empire in the 19th and 20th centuries was second only to Britain. From North Africa to South-East Asia, the Middle East to the South Pacific, millions were subjugated, repressed and murdered as French rulers scrambled to secure resources and markets for manufactured goods and profitable investments.
The former chief financial officer of a California hospital and four other people charged in a series of health care kickback schemes that generated nearly $600 million in fraudulent billings for spinal surgeries, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Russia's State Duma’s International Affairs Committee deputy head Leonid Kalashnikov following the downing of the Russian Su-24 warplane in Syria. "We should immediately freeze economic relations with Turkey, diplomatic ties may be halted as well.
New law expected to take effect in January, the State Department will block Americans with “seriously delinquent” tax debt from receiving new passports and will be allowed to rescind existing passports of people who fall into that category. The list of affected taxpayers will be compiled by the Internal Revenue Service using a threshold of $50,000 of unpaid federal taxes.
ISIS fighters hop back and forth over the Turkish border with impunity, there are “direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members”, and more than $800,000,000 worth of ISIS oil has been sold in Turkey.
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