Turkey expects visa-free regime with Russia - Turkish minister

October 8, 2016 TASS

Turkey is negotiating with the Russian Federation a soon lifting of the earlier visa limitations, Turkey’s Minister of the Economy Nihat Zeybekci told TASS in an exclusive interview shortly before meeting of the intergovernmental commission due in Istanbul on Oct. 10-12.

"As you know, before the crisis (after Turkey downed Russian Sukhoi Su-24 - TASS), citizens of our countries could travel without the requirement to obtain visas," he said. "Visa-free relations favor both tourism, trade and the countries. Sure, we continue contacts to return the visa-free relations."

The minister expressed hope "the issue with another lifting of visa requirements will be settlement in acceptable time."

The Turkish Air Force’s F-16 fighter on November 24, 2015 shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber, involved in Russia's antiterrorism operation in Syria, that Ankara claimed violated the country’s airspace on the border with Syria. The incident resulted in the severing of nearly all trade and economic ties between the two countries.

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