On Thursday, Putin addressed to the nation and began his annual speech to Russia’s State Duma with a moment of silence “to honor the memory of the soldiers who gave their lives while doing their duty, and the memory of all Russian citizens who fell at the hands of terrorists.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his message to the State Duma, that Russia does not intend to use brutal military force in response to Turkish military’s shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which violated the airspace of Turkey. However, Russia will not stop on the restrictive measures, Joinfo.ua reports citing Russian media.
“Our actions will always be guided primarily by responsibility – to ourselves, to our country, to our people. We are not going to rattle the sabre,”- said Putin.
“But if someone thinks they can commit a heinous war crime, kill our people and get away with it, suffering nothing but a ban on tomato imports, or a few restrictions in construction or other industries, they’re deeply mistaken,” – Putin threatened. – “We’ll remind them of what they did, more than once. They’ll regret it. We know what to do.”
Putin also again accused Turkey of aiding terrorism. “We will never forget their collusion with terrorists. We have always deemed betrayal the worst and most shameful thing to do, and that will never change. I would like them to remember this – those in Turkey who shot our pilots in the back, those hypocrites who tried to justify their actions and cover up for terrorists,” – Putin said.
“But if they expect a nervous or hysterical reaction from us, if they want to see us become a danger to ourselves or to the world, they won’t get it. They won’t get any response meant for show or even for immediate political gain,” – he said.