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Published on : Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Russian 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.