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Turkey will impose sanctions on Russia if needed

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Turkey has been discussing possible counter measures against Russia and will impose sanctions if needed, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, but added that Ankara is ready to hold talks with Moscow to solve the crisis.

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Speaking to fellow party members at a parliamentary meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Ankara, Davutoglu said that Turkey is contemplating its own set of measures and would choose to implement sanctions against Russia if Moscow's remain in place.

He also said that Ankara remains open to talks with Russia at any time but it is against anyone dictating any terms to Turkey. The Turkish prime minister did not elaborate on what kind of measures Ankara is considering taking against Moscow.

Davutoglu also said that his government is discussing ways to remedy the financial cost of Russian sanctions on Turkish agricultural producers.

Russia imposed a raft of sanctions on Turkey after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border in late November after a violation of Turkish airspace.

The incident has plunged bilateral relations to a historic low since the end of the Cold War and is threatening to degenerate into a broader confrontation in the regional theater.

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