The Russian Government has decided as part of the sanctions imposed on Turkey for; [(a) shooting down a Russian jet whilst in the fight against ISIS, (b) buying oil from ISIS, (c) supplying open borders to ISIS, (d) Fighting Kurdish people whilst they fight ISIS, and (e) Entering Iraq against Iraq’s wishes to name a few] they have produced a list of “specific works” that cannot be performed in Russia by Turkish organisations. These “specific works” include the following;
“construction of buildings and engineering structures, architectural projects and engineering-technical designs, research and analysis, the activities of travel agencies, hotel activities, the execution of works and the provision of services for state and municipal needs, timber processing”.
The Russian Government has also placed a ban on hiring Turkish nationals with 53 companies and organisations exempt from the ban. These companies who have exemptions are involved in construction, auto industry, production of construction materials, polymeric tubes and fittings, plumbing equipment, and flooring. The sanctions will take place as of 1st January 2016.
I wonder what will happen to President Erdogan, Turkey and their existence in NATO after the President has set up a “strategic operational council” with Saudi Arabia. The “strategic operational council” will help to strengthen military, economic, and investment cooperation between the two. It looks like Erdogan is already getting used to not being a western ally and is now relying more on Saudi Arabia to help oust Assad and get what they want in Syria.