Every time Russia is miffed with its neighbors, it goes on a diet. This time around, Moscow is looking to abstain from Turkish food, and possibly soap operas, in retaliation for Ankara’s November 24 downing of a Russian military jet.
Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine all know the routine.
In the past, Russia swore off Ukrainian candy and dairy products as relations between the two countries worsened over Crimea, the war against Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, and Kyiv’s pro-Western inclinations. In 2013, it took particular aim at Roshen chocolate, the source of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s personal wealth.
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