Russia limits scheduled air service with Turkey, saying this is only due to a new outbreak of COVID-19 in that country
- From April 15 to June 1, Russia limits scheduled air service with Turkey
- Flight restrictions have no political implications, says Kremlin
- Russian-Turkish Expert Group on Tourism Security to Meet in Antalya
According to Turkish Ambassador to Russia Mehmet Samsar, Ankara offered the Kremlin to hold a meeting of the Russian-Turkish Expert Group on Tourism Security in Antalya in the second half of May to demonstrate security measures and improvements undertaken by the Turkish authorities.
“Last week we sent our official invitation to the Turkish-Russian Tourism Security Sub-Working Group meeting that was scheduled for April but was postponed, with a proposal to hold it in the second half of May in Antalya so that the Russian authorities can see the measures taken and not have any outstanding issues, ”the ambassador said.
From April 15 to June 1, Russia is restricting scheduled air service with Turkey “ due to a new coronavirus epidemic in this country ”. The number of flights has been reduced to two per week on a mutual basis.
The Kremlin denies the political context behind Russia’s decision to restrict flights to Turkey. Russia’s decision to restrict passenger flights to Turkey has no political implications and is motivated only by a ‘spike in COVID-19 cases’ in that country, Kremlin spokesman said , Dmitry Peskov.
“No [have a political implication]The Kremlin official said when asked if the restrictions had political implications, especially related to recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Ukrainian issue.
“The situation is only epidemiological in nature,” Peskov said.