“I want to warn those who will try to set up any kind of provocations against our troops. We have alreade taken measures to secure our military and our airbase [in Syria]. It has been reinforced with additional aircraft and air defense systems,” Putin said.

"Any targets threatening our [military] group or land infrastructure must be immediately destroyed," said the Russian president.

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On November 28, Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning or restricting imports of certain Turkish goods and the activity of organizations under Turkish jurisdiction.