Russia has decided to suspend visa-free travel regime with Turkey from next year for fear of terrorism spreading.
This is the latest in a series of moves following the downing of a Russian Su-24 on Tuesday by Turkey.
Russia is suspending visa-free travel with Turkey, days after Anraka shot down a Russian warplane at the Syrian border.
SERGEI LAVROV, Russian Foreign Minister
“The Russian authorities have decided to suspend the visa-free regime, which is currently functioning between Russia and Turkey. This decision will come into force from January 1, 2016.”
Many Russian tourist agencies have stopped booking trips to Turkey following the government’s suggestions.
By shooting down the Russian jet, Lavrov says, Turkey has crossed the redline and put itself in a difficult place both for long-term national interests and regional situation.
Turkey-Russia relations have plummeted after the downing incident, with Ankara claiming that the Russian Su-24 warplane had violated its air space.
Denying the allegations, Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded a high-level apology from the Turkish leadership and a compensation for the damage.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the government to draft possible economic sanctions against Turkey.