Russian delegation arrives in Turkey to check tourism safety

Published 05.08.2016 01:28

A Russian delegation headed by Russian Deputy Culture Minister Sergey Obryvalin will arrive in Istanbul on Friday to discuss issues related to the security of tourists coming to Turkey. Charter flights are expected to start again after the delegation's visit.

Diplomatic sources have been reported as saying that the Russian delegation, consisting of tourism, aviation, transportation and security officials headed by Obryvalin, will arrive in Istanbul today. The sources said that after talks in Istanbul, the delegation will head to Antalya.

The visit is the sequel to a meeting on tourism security held during a Turkish Foreign Ministry delegation's visit to Moscow on July 14.

After Turkey downed a Russian jet that violating its airspace near the Syrian border on Nov. 24, 2015, Moscow announced several economic sanctions including a travel ban to Turkey, which has been a popular holiday spot for the cold country's people thanks to its warm beaches. The number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey dropped 87.4 percent in the first half of the year. Charter flights are also expected to be rescheduled after today's meetings.

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