Both Putin and Medvedev have promised severe consequences for Turkey over the downing of that Russian Su-24 this week. While Medvedev has made threats about canceling projects and banning businesses, so far we have seen the same old passive aggressive measures we always see from these cretins.
For example, Russia’s consumer watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor just coincidentally “discovered” that imported chicken from Turkey was contaminated with listeria. Hmmm….I”m sure it’s just a coincidence that this discovery was made the day after Turkey shot down a Russian plane. I’m totally sure that had that not happened, the authorities would have stopped those imports because they definitely discovered listeria contamination. Actually I must confess I hope they are making this up, because if not I would not be surprised at all to learn that they were letting contaminated meat products into the country. Maybe we should thank Turkey for that.
Of course the situation with tourism agencies is another matter. It’s not clear whether tour operators are being forced or simply encouraged to stop selling tours to Turkey. Some companies, claiming patriotism but more likely fearful, seem to have voluntarily stopped offering package tours to Turkey. In more tourism-related wackiness, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement to Russian travelers.
“Due to continuing terrorist threats in Turkey, we reiterate our recommendation that Russian citizens refrain from visiting the Republic of Turkey, and we recommend that Russians staying there for personal reasons return home.”
Ah yes, “continuing terrorist threats.” That’s interesting. Where was that warning over a month ago, when this happened?
This is pretty much par for the course with the Russian authorities. At times they’ll flat out ban things, as with the so-called “counter-sanctions” of foodstuffs imports, but on other occasions Rosselkhoznadzor will suddenly “discover” some problem with imports from a country that just happens to be pissing Russia off the most at the moment. Then people online, possibly paid trolls, will talk about how they showed Poland/Turkey/Ukraine etc. It even happened last year with several McDonald’s restaurants, which were all closed for “sanitation” reasons. If you’re familiar with McDonald’s and other restaurants in Russia, you know why this is bullshit.
So this is the great superpower that Putin raised from its knees. Half the time it can’t even openly levy sanctions on anybody, and when it does it’s laughable because such sanctions typically don’t do any significant damage to the economies of the targeted nations. When Ukraine went Maidan, vatniks laughed about how they were going to freeze in the winter without gas. And like a judge at a chili competition, Ukraine got plenty of gas. The only people who were threatened by lack of gas for heating during the winter were in the rebel-held areas, where they were being “rescued” from the Banderite Nazis by Russia. Today Russia continues to play trade wars with Ukraine, but Ukraine continues to move forward, threatened only by its own homegrown dickheads.
So it shall be with Turkey. The Russian government will wage its passive-aggressive war of unofficial sanctions, typically dressed up as “safety concerns,” and all the while the Russian media will regale the babushkas and the rest of the assorted carpet-on-the-wall types with tales of past victories of the Russian empire against the Ottoman empire. Sadly, none of these people will ever notice the irony- that these historical tales are being told to distract from the fact that the much smaller, NATO member Turkish Republic just gave them a bloody nose and there’s really nothing Tsar Putin can do about it.