MOSCOW: Russia pronounced on Friday it would postpone a visa-free regime for Turkish nationals from Jan 1 as it retaliates opposite Ankara for a downing of a Russian warplane.
Moscow has ruled out any troops response opposite NATO member Turkey, though it has affianced extended retaliatory measures targeting whole sectors of a Turkish economy including tourism, cultivation and investments.
“A preference has been done to hindrance a visa-free regime with Turkey,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after talks with Syrian reflection Walid Muallem in Moscow.
“This preference will enter into force from Jan 1, 2016.”
President Vladimir Putin progressing warned adults not to transport to Turkey, whose affordable beaches are hugely renouned with Russian holidaymakers, and a unfamiliar method on Thursday urged Russians who are already in Turkey to come home, citing “existing militant threats.”
Lavrov on Friday denied that a preference to postpone a visa-free regime was an act of revenge.
“Threats from this nation are utterly real,” he said, adding that “fighters” were flitting by Turkey “in all directions.”
“Russia is utterly endangered with augmenting militant threats in a Republic of Turkey,” he said. “This is directly related to a reserve of Russia and a citizens.”
He combined that Turkey this year deported some-more than 200 Russian nationals, many mostly to third countries including those conducting “policies that are antagonistic towards Russia.”
On Thursday, a conduct of Russia’s state tourism group Rostourism, Oleg Safonov, pronounced that Russian tourists spend an estimated 10 billion rubles ($151 million) in Turkey annually.
“Now Turkey would not get this money, it will sojourn in Russia and will promote a growth of inner tourism,” he said.
As of Nov 26, there were some-more than 9,900 Russian tourists in Turkey. “Not a singular Russian traveller will sojourn in Turkey by Dec 26, 2015,” a tourism group said.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday gave his ministers dual days to work out a devise to quell team-work with Turkish companies.
Russia also pronounced it would tie checks on food imports over purported reserve customary violations.
Economy apportion Alexei Ulyukayev pronounced he did not order out that a retaliatory measures could strike dual vital projects with Turkey — a designed TurkStream gas tube and a Akkuyu chief energy plant — in a pierce that looked set to clap cages in energy-poor Turkey.