Category: Russia – Turkey Conflict

Greece and Israel Could Replace Turkey

As Turkey has virtually stopped being a tourist destination for Russians, the demand for vacationing in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and Israel could grow in 2016, says Maya Lomidze, executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR). “It’s so far difficult to anticipate the 2016 summer season, and the summer prices will be […]

Russian Refusal to Issue Visas to Carrier Violates Aviation Rules

Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday Russia’s refusal to issue visas to crew members working for budget carrier Pegasus was an “arbitrary” measure and violated international aviation rules. Istanbul-based Pegasus said on Tuesday it suspended flights to and from Russia until Jan. 13 after authorities in Moscow failed to give its crew visas. […]

Experts From China, UK and US Participate in Su-24 ‘Black Box’ Decoding

Experts from China, Great Britain and the US have participated in decoding of the flight recorder of the Russian Su-24 jet downed by Turkey over Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Foreign experts have no complaints over Su-24 “black box” decoding, the Defense Ministry added. The decoding of the “black box” from a Russian warplane […]

Turkey Not Planning to Compensate Russia for Downed Su-24 Bomber

Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Ankara has no plans of compensating Russia for the downing of the Su-24 Fencer bomber jet. Turkey has no plans of compensating Russia for the downing of the Su-24 Fencer bomber jet in November by the Turkish Air Force over Syrian territory, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said Wednesday. […]

Sanctions Over Jet Downing Hit Turkish Economy

Sanctions ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to the downing of a Russian warplane are already weighing on the Turkish economy. The plane was shot down on the Syrian-Turkish border on Nov. 24, and the package of sanctions was announced shortly after. The incident has become a point of heated contention between Putin […]

WikiLeaks: Turkey Planned Su-24 Downing Six Weeks Before the Incident?

The greatest secrets: the West has no people on the ground in Syria to take over the liberated territories; the Russians still seek partnership, Erdogan has bitten more than he can chew, and ISIS is a phantom, after all. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan planned to shoot down a Russian warplane engaged in Moscow’s anti-Daesh […]

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Russian Tourists May Swap Turkey for Asia

The closing of Egypt and Turkey, two of the most popular destinations for Russian tourists, has forced travel companies to urgently look for a replacement, and some of the main candidates are Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka and Thailand. A month ahead of the New Year break, Russians had to scratch Turkey and Egypt off their […]

Russia Arms Syrian-based Fighters With Air-to-Air Missiles

Russia’s air force announced on 30 November that its Sukhoi Su-24 and Su-34 combat aircraft operating in Syria have been armed with air-to-air missiles. The development came less than a week after one of the former type was shot down by a Turkish air force Lockheed Martin F-16, and only days since Moscow deployed Almaz-Antey […]

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Russia Banned Charter Flights to Turkey

Russia has banned charter flights between Russia and Turkey, as part of economic sanctions announced Nov. 28 due to increased tensions between the two countries after the downing of a Russian fighter jet over Syria by Turkey. Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov said the authority is obliged to arrange relevant regulations as soon as possible. […]

Russia Moves Air Defense System Near Turkish Border

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow. The S-400 missile systems will be sent […]