Addressing lawmakers in his annual state of the nation speech, which also focused on Russia’s airstrikes in Syria, Putin said, “We will not forget this complicity with terrorists. We always considered and will always consider treachery to be th e ultimate and lowest act. Let those in Turkey who shot our pilots in the back know this”, GLOBAL POST reports.
“We know for example who in Turkey fills their pockets and allows terrorists to make money from the stolen oil in Syria. It is precisely with this money that the bandits recruit mercenaries, buy arms and organise inhuman terrorist acts aimed against our citizens, the citizens of France, Lebanon, Mali and other countries.”
Immediately after the speech Russia’s energy minister Alexander Novak announced the suspension of talks between Ankara and Moscow over the major TurkStream pipeline project.