Russia bans air tourism packages to Turkey

Published on : Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Russia bans air tourism packagesRussian Federation banned the sale of tour packages to Turkey, the country’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, said on Monday. All charter flights to Turkey have been prohibited while regular air travel will be strictly regulated, Shuvalov added.

 

“All sales of the package tours to Turkey are stopped with immediate effect. Charter flights to Turkey are banned herewith excepting those which are involved in evacuating Russian tourists from there,” the minister said.

 

“Additional security will be provided on regular flights between the two countries to ensure the necessary protection,” he added.

 

However, Russian sanctions against Turkey would not affect contracts signed before December 31, 2015 and industrial products, the Deputy PM pointed out.

 

“Those construction contracts that are currently underway and other contracts that are signed before December 31 of this year, Turkish nationals may continue their labour activities on these construction sites. For new contracts, which may be signed after January 1, 2016, there won’t be such liberty and a special permit has to be applied from the government,” Shuvalov informed Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a Cabinet meeting.

 

“We are not excluding the possibility of using Turkish nationals on construction projects that are underway in the Russian Federation, but this will be under strict controls,” Shuvalov added. Introduction of a visa-regime with Turkey does not mean restrictions on Turkish tourists or professionals in their entry into Russia, he pointed out.

 

On November 24, a Russian Su-24 jet crashed in Syria during a military operation.

 

Moscow said the aircraft was downed by an air-to-air missile, fired from a Turkish F-16 fighter in response to an alleged violation of Turkish airspace, an accusation denied both by the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defence Command.

 

The shooting down of the Russian Su-24 fighter jet over Syria by the Turkish military has dealt a damaging blow to relations between Moscow and Ankara, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday. Moscow also announced a slew of economic measures against Turkey later on Saturday.

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6 Responses to Russia bans air tourism packages to Turkey

  1. Hakan Calisir says:

    This would be good for Turkey to offer very cheap holidays for Russian tourists who do not spend even 1 euro when they stay at all inclusive hotels .But this would be a disaster for Russians because they wont be able to find a cheaper destination even Egypt wont help.So politicians only make mistakes by making these type of things and worst part is they think that they do these for their own people.Turkey is a %100 safe country to travel and thats why even their own leader Putin was in Antalya 15 days ago )))So this is just a political game and lovely Russian people will suffer because of their own politicians decisions and will not be able to do nice and cheap holidays in a country like Turkey.

  2. Maria Kosmanova says:

    Moscow said the aircraft was downed by an air-to-air missile, fired from a Turkish F-16 fighter in response to an alleged violation of Turkish airspace, an accusation denied both by the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defence Command.

    But It is proved by NATO ,USA and Turkish Air forces that Turkey side is right because Our Russian pilots did not care the warnings and ignored Turkish authorities.So once this is %100 proved how come our politicians do this to our own people and they want us not to travel to Turkey because of their mistake?

    • Cengiz Kellekci says:

      Thank you Maria for your objective and true comment which proves the truth. Because I am sorry to see that Our Dear Greek friend living in Canada named Nicolas wants the fight and war between countries and as Russian you tell the truth. Big applause to you and it is shame of you Nicolas.I think you need to apologize from Maria and all Turkish people for the words that you wrote yesterday.

  3. Cengiz Kellekci says:

    I think Russia and Turkey are 2 good neighbours and due to pilot’s mistake such good relationship can not be destroyed.Turkish forces warned the pilots so many times so this is not a mistake of Turkey.Russians and Turks are doing lots of things together and are in very good relations for such long time so I suggest Russian politicians to give decisions accordingly because Turkish people like Russian people very much and Turkey holiday resorts are like home for many Russians.

    • Nicolas Roussakis says:

      Last I checked this is not a political forum however, along the spirit of Cengik Kellekci’s comments, I suggest that “good neighbors” do not kill each others citizens and furthermore Russia has the right to apply any appropriate punitive measures against Turkey.

      • Cengiz Kellekci says:

        Dear Nicolas kalispera ! How are you my dear friend?Yes this is not a political forum but anyway good to hear from you. I know you very well and I know what you try to do and you just try to put a wood into the flame but you wont be able to succeed.)))) You are Greek and also we consider all Greek people are as our neighbours ( you Greek diaspora living in Usa and Canada dont want us to be neighbours with Greek but sorry we are and I love my Greek friends as well as my Russian friends))))))You are president of such a well known travel company and I am very much sorry to hear these type of words such as punitive measures ,kill each other and etc and I condemn your words and feel very sorry for you that with such vision you are doing travel business.Please relax and try to love people believe me people respect you more if you have such soul and mood.I send you my deepest regards from lovely Istanbul and wish all the best to you and to all your team at Grand Escapades ))))

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