Peskov: Putin’s talks with Erdogan raised the issue of visa-free entry

SOCHI, November 13. /TASS/. The visa issue was raised in the talks of President of Russia Vladimir Putin with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The journalists said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

“The issue of visas is, indeed, compromised, and these, so to say, the concerns of the Turkish side are taken into account on them the work continues”, – said the representative of the Kremlin.

In 1990-2000-ies for the citizens of Russia at trips to Turkey was simplified the procedure of entry into the country: visas can be purchased at the border. At the same time Turkish citizens had to obtain a visa in advance. In 2010, the parties signed an agreement according to which citizens of the two countries could enter Russia and Turkey up to 30 days without a visa.

From 1 January 2016 in accordance with the presidential decree from November 28, 2015 “On measures to ensure Russia’s national security and the protection of citizens from criminal and other unlawful acts and on application of special economic measures against Turkey” Russia has suspended the visa-free regime with Turkey. This measure was taken after 24 Nov 2015 Turkey shot down a Russian su-24 bomber on the border with Syria.

15 APR 2016 Turkey introduced a visa regime for Russian citizens arriving in Turkey on official passport. The holders of diplomatic and ordinary passports are still able to visit Turkey without a visa. Russia has imposed mirror measures. From 1 June 2016, the Turkish side has extended the visa regime for professional drivers and accompanying individuals who have Russian citizenship and freight and passenger transportation in Turkey. The Turkish side explained the restrictions tightening on the part of Russia of border controls for Turkish goods.

In October 2016 the Turkish side raised the question of the abolition of the previously imposed visa restrictions. However, after the murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey Andrey Karlov 19 December 2016 Moscow took the decision to freeze talks on the issue indefinitely. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia noted that “Turkey needs to continue working hard to ensure the safety of arriving in the country and guarantee a thorough inspection of all wishing to visit Russia.” The Turkish authorities have stated that it is sympathetic to this decision, however, will have to wait for the resumption of negotiations. 24 April 2017 Turkey has extended a visa-free stay of Russian citizens from 60 to 90 days.