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Putin Wages a Different War on Turkey With Trade in Crosshairs

  • Russia often resorts to trade restrictions amid political rows
  • Turkey's downing of Russian jet stoked tension between nations
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Hours after Turkey announced it had downed a Russian jet last week, Vladimir Putin made his first move -- targeting Turkish goods. Other measures soon followed.

After imposing lengthy additional border checks on Turkish goods, Russia then slapped bans on its vegetables and restrictions on its airlines, in line with a pattern of punitive measures levied on countries after geopolitical conflagrations. And while Russia isn’t alone in using the strategy, it stands out for the speed and breadth of its retaliatory steps, according to Christopher Granville, a former U.K. diplomat in Moscow who runs the Trusted Sources research group in London.