Russian Tourist Ban On Turkey Officially Lifted

rrrrRussian President Vladimir Putin, as promised, lifted sanctions against Turkey’s tourist sector, imposed by his government seven months ago, following an apology by Ankara for shooting down their warplane last year.

When Turkey shot down the Russian warplane over its southern border with Syria last November Russia responded by leveling sanctions against Turkey. These measures included banning Russian citizens from taking package holidays along with charter flights to Turkey.

Putin reversed these policies after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wrote a letter to Russia expressing his “deep sorrow” and “regret” for the warplane shoot-down and the subsequent strain on Ankara-Moscow relations.

The two presidents spoke on the phone on Wednesday and promised to restore relations and cooperate together in the region.

While Ankara denies that Erdoğan had explicitly apologized for the incident President Putin insists that he did.

“It is also known that Ankara brought apologies for the downed Russian bomber,” said Putin on Thursday, according to Russia’s state-run Tass news agency.


Other economic sanctions Russia imposed on Turkey, such as gas exports to that country, will be removed “on a gradual basis,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.