Support The Moscow Times!

Russian Government Bans Charter Flights to Turkey

The government also wants security tightened on remaining transportation between the two countries.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Transport Ministry to ban all charter flights to Turkey effective from Dec. 1, the Prime economic news agency reported Tuesday, citing government spokespeople.

The only charter flights to remain in operation are those that will return Russian tourists currently in Turkey home, the report said.

The government also wants security tightened on remaining transportation between the two countries, Prime reported.

A Russian Su-24 fighter-bomber was downed by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 interceptor near the Turkish-Syrian border on Nov. 24. Turkey said the jet had violated its airspace while Russia insisted that the plane was on the Syrian territory.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.