Media comment by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Sochi, November 24, 2015
The just ended talks between President Vladimir Putin and King Abdullah II of Jordan have reaffirmed the two countries’ resolve to continue their uncompromising fight against terrorism.
In his opening remarks, President Putin provided his assessment of the incident with the Russian military plane shot down during a counter-terrorist mission over Syria, in Syrian airspace, by Turkey. This assessment is absolutely clear. President Putin said that this tragic event will have significant consequences for Russian-Turkish relations. In light of this, it has been decided to cancel the planned meeting of the Russian and Turkish foreign ministers at the Joint Strategic Planning Group in Istanbul on November 25.
Another aspect that should also be emphasised today is the growth of terrorist threats emanating from Turkey, even disregarding the incident with the Russian military plane today. A critical mass of terrorist manifestations is building up in Turkey. We consider this threat to be no less than the threat in Egypt. In this connection, we do not recommend Russian citizens to travel to the Republic of Turkey at this stage for tourism or other purposes.