MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday backed a recommendation from the foreign ministry for Russians not to visit Turkey after the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Ankara.
“After such tragic events like the destruction of our plane and the death of our pilot, this is a necessary measure,” Putin said in televised comments.
Earlier, the Russian president said Turkey’s political leaders had been encouraging the Islamisation of Turkish society, something he said was a problem, Russian agencies quoted him as saying.
Speaking a day after Turkey shot down one of Moscow’s jets, Putin said: “The problem is not the tragedy we witnessed yesterday,” the TASS news agency quoted him as saying.
“The problem is much deeper. We observe that the current Turkish leadership over a significant number of years has been pursuing a deliberate policy of supporting the Islamisation of their country.”
Putin also said that an S-300 air defence system would be sent to Russia’s air base in Syria, Interfax and other agencies reported.
The Defence Ministry said earlier on Wednesday that Russia would send an S-400 system to the base.
In a separate statement to agencies, Russia’s Defence Ministry said that the second pilot of the downed SU-24 jet was safe and had returned to Russia’s air base in Syria.