Turkey gets over warplane crisis, extends visa-free travel for Russians

Published April 25th, 2017 - 08:25 GMT
Turkish airport staff welcome Russian tourists at Antalya airport on July 9, 2016, a few months after the two countries clashed over a Russian warplane crash in Syria. (AFP/File)
Turkish airport staff welcome Russian tourists at Antalya airport on July 9, 2016, a few months after the two countries clashed over a Russian warplane crash in Syria. (AFP/File)

Turkey will increase the length of visa-free stay for Russian citizens, the nation's foreign minister said Sunday.

"We are extending the visa-free period of the Russians in Turkey from 60 days to 90 days," Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Alanya district of southern Antalya province.

Read more: Turkey Claims To Have Intercepted Russian Aircraft For Violating Air Space

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Russia soured following the downing of a Russian warplane that violated Turkish airspace in November 2015.

Kremlin ordered sanctions on Turkish food products, an end to visa-free travel and a ban on Russian tourists taking package holidays in Turkey.

Relations were normalized in June and July last year through a letter and subsequent phone calls between the countries’ leaders. Since then, Turkey and Russia relations have increasingly become normalized and are expected to get better.

By Ayse Yildiz and Mustafa Kurt


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