Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree abolishing the ban on Charter flights between Russia and Turkey. Document posted on Sunday, August 28, on the government website.
“To take additional measures to ensure transport (aviation) security in the implementation of regular air connection with the Republic of Turkey”, — said in the ruling. “To encourage air carriers Charter air transportation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey, to provide additional measures aimed at ensuring aviation safety in the implementation of such transportations”, – the document says.
The draft resolution was submitted to the government by the Ministry of transport on Saturday. The source of “Interfax” in the tourism industry on the eve reported that Russia may fully resume Charter flights to Turkey within two days.”
Charter flights from Russia to Turkey was discontinued from December 2015. This prohibition was established in the framework of the special economic measures against Turkey after the Turkish air force in November last year shot down a Russian su-24 near the Turkish-Syrian border.
At the end of June this year the President of Russia Vladimir Putin after a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip erdoğan announced the imminent lifting of the ban on the Charter flights. “Administrative restrictions we remove. Erdogan assured me that they will do all they can to ensure the safety of our citizens”, — said Putin.
A few days later, Medvedev instructed the departments in week term to submit to the government proposals for the resumption of Charter flights. Cancel locked quickly failed. This was due, in particular, the absence of formal guarantees of security of Russian tourists. “They have such assurances to give, and it will be enough to resume flights,” — said on 11 July the Vice-Premier of Russian government Arkady Dvorkovich.
9 August the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a press conference following the meeting with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the resumption of Charter flights from Russia to Turkey in the near future. “The main thing is to provide the Turkish side of the maximum the security of Russian citizens, and such guarantees we have of our partners have,” Putin said.