Tourist flow from Russia to Turkey may be restored this summer, member of Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Igor Morozov said, RIA Novosti reported.
“It is possible to get permission for organized tourist trips within 10-14 days,” Morozov said. “Turkey will be already able to receive tourists from Russia this summer.”
He added that everything now depends only on tour operators and charter companies, which organize flights to Turkish resorts. Putin and Erdogan held phone talks June 29. The last time the two leaders spoke was November 2015 at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey.
The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Su-24 bomber incident. Following the incident, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on taking measures for ensuring the country’s national security and special economic measures against Turkey.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin June 27 over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident. Erdogan said Turkey “shares the pain of the downed Su-24 pilot’s death with his family” and “sees it as Turkey’s pain”.