Turkey introduced visas for Russian truckers

As reported by the newspaper Hurriyet, the head of the International transporters Association (UND) Fatih ┼čener undersigned, from the 1st of June came into force the decision on introduction of visas for Russian truckers crossing the Turkish border. He explained that the principle of reciprocity and the problems encountered by Turkish drivers.

According to ┼čener undersigned, Ankara has not been long introduced a visa regime for Russians, but Moscow has restricted the entry of Turkish citizens in the early years. The decision to complicate the entrance for truckers, he explained the next tightening of border controls in respect of Turkish goods, as well as the difficulties faced by drivers who have to use an alternative route across the Caspian sea.

Thus Shener expressed hope that Russia and Turkey will return to a visa-free regime that existed until the end of 2015.

Relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated after Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian su-24 performing a combat mission in Syria and catapulted the bomber pilot was killed by Pro-Turkish militants in the Northern province of Latakia.

On the eve of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he wants to improve relations with Russia, but stressed that he did not know what “first step” waiting for him in the Kremlin. However, he stressed that it is concerned that the relationship could be sacrificed due to “pilot error”.

Commenting on Erdogan’s statement, the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow is first of all waiting for Turkey’s apology, explanations of the causes of the incident, compensation for the downed plane, and also compensate the family of the deceased pilot. “We sincerely regret that so far no steps the Turkish side was not done,” he said.