The suspension of visa-free regime with Turkey: the reaction of Russian politicians

The suspension of visa-free regime with Turkey: the reaction of Russian politicians

MOSCOW, November 27. The decision to suspend the visa-free regime with Turkey is one of the compulsory measures in the fight against international terrorism. This opinion was expressed by first Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov (CPRF).

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“This, primarily, will contribute to the fight against terrorism, to facilitate the entry of the militants. In this respect, it is justified,” he said.

“Our citizens in Turkey may not feel secure”

Vice-speaker of the state Duma from fraction “Fair Russia” Nikolay Levichev welcomes the decision to suspend the visa-free regime with Turkey. While Levichev said that he hoped that “Rosaviatsia banned flights to the country”. “Our citizens in Turkey, obviously, cannot feel in safety”, – stressed the Vice speaker.

Levichev also noticed that “for the days that have passed since the fall of our aircraft, Turkey has not only not apologized for this act of aggression, but continued to aggravate the situation”.

“A General deterioration of bilateral relations was inevitable”

The suspension of visa-free regime with Turkey will contribute to strengthening the national security of Russia, told journalists the head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

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The Senator noted that after the tragedy with the Russian bomber and the refusal of Turkey to admit the guilt, “a General deterioration of bilateral relations” was inevitable. In addition a clear signal to Ankara, this step will also be the means of strengthening the national security of the Russian Federation, stressed Kosachev, due to “the growing feeling is much closer relations of Turkey with the “terrorist international” than it seemed before”.

“Such relationships inevitably lead to the penetration of extremist elements in Turkey and its use in the interests of the terrorist suppression of “undesirable” countries. The tightening of the visa regime in such cases is an integral part of a system of measures to ensure their own national security,” – said the Senator.

Kosachev noted that “visa-free regime is always a kind of apogee of bilateral relations, the fixation to the absence of major problems.” “We are now the fault of the Turkish side simultaneously fell to the lowest point and are in a perigee,” – said the MP. Thus, he believes, major problems with the Russians to suspend visa-free exchange with Turkey will not deliver, since “the tourist stream and business relations, and humanitarian cooperation will now be reduced in times”.

“The main task is to ensure security of the Russian Federation”

The head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov believes that the visa regime with Turkey will help to avoid penetration into the Russian terrorists.

“Of course, it will affect the interests of Turkish businessmen, Turkish businessmen, large companies that operated on the territory of Russia. But I think the main task is to ensure security of the Russian Federation. Everyone knows that Turkey is a transit country for terrorists, especially terrorists from the ISIL (the former name is forbidden in the Russian Federation the terrorist organization “Islamic state – ed.) “, – said the Deputy in an interview with TV channel “Russia 1”.

“So we block off a small stream of people who can go there (to the middle East) to fight on the side of ISIL from Russia, and a possible stream of people who may pose a risk to our security, including people who are able to carry out terrorist acts on the territory of the Russian Federation”, – said Pushkov. He also has noticed that statements of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “reflect his confusion”.

“Every day he says a different thing: he didn’t know whose plane it is, that he consciously went for it, because Russian aircraft had violated their airspace,” he said.

“Through Turkey moving children from very dangerous zones”

Turkey, likely to answer mirror on the decision of the Russian authorities to suspend visa-free from January 1, 2016. This opinion was expressed by Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Andrei Klimau.

Answering the question whether the suspension of visa-free regime of mutual, he said: “We can’t for the Turks to resolve this issue. I believe they mirror to answer, and all.”

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According to the Senator, “to business contacts, this effect is not very good”. “But now we actually begin to think this way, and should we facilitate business contacts with a country that shoots down our planes and even says words of regret and apology does not bring”, – said the MP.

Klimov also said that the decision to tighten the visa regime with Turkey is based on security considerations, because in this country “moving children from very dangerous zones and some of those who aid terrorists have Turkish passports. “With visa-free entry, these people may easily spill over to us, to Russia. Of course, we can’t allow such a flow was unhindered, unchecked. We, therefore, such action and enter. It is necessary to protect themselves”, – said the Senator.

“I would like to hope that this measure will be two-way”

First Vice-speaker of the state Duma Ivan Melnikov (Communist party) supported the decision to suspend the visa-free regime with Turkey.

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“This decision is correct, it is directly related to national security issues and preventive anti-terrorism measures”, – told millers to journalists. “I would like to hope that this measure will be two-way”, he continued. According to the parliamentarian, the current Turkish regime for the citizens of Russia to go there just dangerous.

“As for the Turkish elite it will be a good lesson. Let them make the choice of who is more important – the thugs or tourists. The Turkish people will sooner or later exert pressure to help the country to make a choice in favor of friendship and peace”, – said the politician.

“Turkey is forcing Russia to adopt similar measures”

The suspension of visa-free regime with Turkey for reasons of safety, sure the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich. “This decision, not least for reasons of safety. It is necessary to exclude even the slightest possibility of infiltration of terrorists into the territory of Russia,” he told reporters.

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In the Senator’s words, Turkey has forced Russia to adopt similar measures. “After the tragic incident with the Russian plane by Turkish authorities had enough time to speak about this, to apologize, to pay damages and punish those responsible. But this was not followed,” said the Klintsevich. He believes that in the near future “the decision to cancel the visa regime with Turkey will be officially issued by the government of the Russian Federation”. The Klintsevich said that Russia is not going “to create any special problems for Turkish citizens” who are on the territory of the Russian Federation. “No one on them to win will not be”, – he stressed.

The Senator believes that the response of Turkey to the actions of Russia “do not matter”. “This country is no longer on the tourist market irrespective of, whether will cancel its authority visa-free regime for citizens of Russia or not,” he said. According to the politician, the tourist market in Turkey was held on the Russian tourists that “there is already precisely will not go.”

“I do not exclude that cancellation of visa-free regime with Turkey is just the beginning. For sure, there will be other restrictions,” – he suggested. According to the Klintsevich, a situation that “Turkey is a good neighbor received a neighboring state, which will strictly comply with the form, even in small things”. Turkey has already felt the difference, I’m sure the Senator. “That’s the price one criminal order”, he concluded.

“Now the ball is on the side of our Turkish colleagues”

The decision of the Russian Federation on suspension of the visa-free regime with Turkey due to the lack of an apology from Ankara for the attack on the Russian su-24 in the skies over Syria and the deaths of Russian soldiers. This opinion was expressed by the Deputy of the state Duma, the coordinator of the group for relations with the Turkish Parliament Ildar Gilmutdinov.

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Gilmutdinov expressed the hope that “this is a temporary solution which is caused by the fact that we can not get from the Turkish side – let’s say, in the end, what is the error military, pilot or what.” “It is clear that, when there is wine, there is an attempt to hide and not to answer directly about the reasons of such behavior that any person is rejected, he stated. All our steps are made, caused this”.

The MP suggested that if there will be a “coherent rationale for these actions, apologies and clarity of the picture, I guess our state will be an adequate solution”. Meanwhile, “today there is no guarantee that in the future there will be no provocations on the part of Turkey that it would not be a threat to the life of our citizens,” he said.

“Now the ball is on the side of our Turkish colleagues. The President (Russian Federation) clearly defined – if we hear the right apology and (see) the punishment of those who caused this situation… if it does not, of course, the situation would not be very good for both countries”, – considers Gilmutdinov. “I hope that our Turkish colleagues will find the strength and courage and will not to think that the whole world will be to justify them. If they understand that it is not, then, hope that they themselves recognize their mistakes, and we will continue to build normal relations. This is important both for them and for us,” he concluded.

“This decision about closing the “green corridor” terrorism”

The Chairman of the state Duma Committee for security and combating corruption Irina Yarovaya called the suspension of visa-free regime with Turkey overlapping “green corridor” of terrorism.

The MP stressed that Russia cannot but react to real threats and subsequent solutions are measures to ensure the safety of its citizens.

“The results of the investigation conducted by the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation on the fact of a criminal attack on a Russian aircraft, accused Turkey of aiding terrorists. Therefore, the decision to cancel a visa-free regime with Turkey is the solution of overlapping “green corridor” of terrorism”, – said Yarovaya.

She noted that “free environment of terrorists is no longer a hypothesis, but, unfortunately, confirmed the strange statements of the Turkish side reality.”

First Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on nationalities Mikhail Starshinov also supported the decision to suspend the visa-free regime with Turkey.

“Is it mutual or not, does not depend on Russia, and from Turkey,” he said. As for how long will this situation, then, according to the Deputy, it “will continue as long as there is a terrorist threat, due to which these measures were adopted”. “Perhaps we can talk about a wider range of issues that need to be addressed, concerning both the bilateral relations and security,” added the elders.

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The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov following meeting with Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem stated that “the decision by authorities to suspend visa-free regime that exists between Russia and Turkey”. “This decision will come into force on 1 January,” he said.

“I want to say, and we said that Russia is very concerned about the increase of terrorist threats in the Republic of Turkey, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry. Is directly related to the security of the Russian Federation, our citizens. Via Turkey established the traffic of militants in different directions”.

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Visa-free regime between Russia and Turkey. Help

In 1990-2000s for the citizens of Russia at trips to Turkey operated a simplified procedure of entry into the country: visas can be purchased at the border. At the same time, Turkish citizens were required to obtain a visa in advance, in the Russian embassies. An exception was made for holders of diplomatic passports (the intergovernmental agreement of 5 November 1999).

May 12, 2010 during the visit to Ankara by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an Agreement on the terms of mutual trips of citizens of Russia and Turkey. According to the document, on April 16, 2011, Turkish citizens can enter Russia, and the Russians – Turkey – for up to 30 days without a visa. In may 2013, in a unilateral manner Turkey has prolonged the visa-free stay of Russian citizens on its territory up to 60 days, for Turkish citizens the period has remained the same.

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