Russia will cancel the limit on the visit to Turkey tourists


Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to remove administrative constraints in tourism in Turkey. This is stated in the press service of the Kremlin. This decision was taken after a telephone conversation of presidents of Russia and Turkey.

“I would like to start with tourism. Administrative restrictions we shoot,” — said the Russian President on Wednesday. “Erdogan assured me that they will do all they can to ensure the safety of our citizens”, — said Vladimir Putin.

In a press release, the Kremlin’s press service also noted the need to remove restrictive measures concerning the visit to Turkey by Russian tourists. “It is desirable that the Turkish government has taken additional steps to ensure the security of Russian citizens on the territory of Turkey”, — underlined in the message.

According to press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina, in the case of Turkey the number of tourists to resorts of this country can recover quickly enough, said the Agency “Interfax”. “The planes have to sign contracts with hotels can be very fast, the host company in working condition, as taking tourists from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Georgia. First flights can be supplied in the course of the week, deploy a full Charter programme for a maximum period of one month,” — said Turina. According to her, the airlines will be important to quickly obtain the permission of the Federal air transport Agency to fly to Turkey, and with the formation of the packages there will be no problems.

In interview to Agency “Interfax” it noted that in Turkish hotels so far had no incidents with tourists. For comparison, she cited the situation with Tunisia, where the demand fell to 83% after the attacks in 2015.

Wednesday was announced on the eve of a telephone conversation between Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. On the outcome of the talks, media reported, citing sources close to the Turkish leader. In particular, it became known that Putin and Erdogan agreed to a personal meeting. The interlocutors of Turkish publications said the conversation was “productive” and “positive”.

Putin himself, commenting on communication with the President of Turkey, interrupted in November last year after the attack on the Turkish air force Russian su-24, said that he had instructed the government to enter into negotiations with the Turkish authorities on the resumption of cooperation in trade-economic sphere.

Conversation leaders was initiated by Moscow after Putin received from Erdogan a letter of condolence in connection with death of the pilot of the su-24 shot down Turkish air force, announced yesterday a press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

The message of Erdogan, which was quoted by the Kremlin, said: “we Have never had the desire and deliberate intention to bring down a plane belonging to the Russian Federation”. Erdogan also expressed “deep regret” over the incident and expressed hope for the restoration of partnership relations with Russia.

Sanctions against Turkey was imposed after 24 Nov 2015 fighter of the Turkish air force shot down a Russian su-24 bomber on the Turkish-Syrian border. Ankara stated that the Russian plane had violated Turkish airspace, and the crew did not respond to repeated warnings. Moscow rejected the accusations.

In response, Russia imposed sanctions against Turkey. The decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin implies, in particular, the ban on Charter flights between the two countries. In addition, the tour operators recommended to refuse the sale of tours to Turkey.

The Kremlin has repeatedly stressed that Ankara waiting for an official apology and monetary compensation. After the apology, Erdogan Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim initially said that Turkey is ready to pay Russia compensation. However, on Tuesday said that the Turkish authorities do not intend to pay compensation. “We just expressed Russia regrets in connection with the incident,” the Prime Minister said after a speech to the deputies of the Turkish Parliament.