Russia has decided to suspend flights to Turkey from April 15 to June 1. This decision was made allegedly in connection with the growing number of patients with Covid-19 in Turkey. This was reported by RIA-Novosti.
It is noted that regular flights between Moscow and Istanbul will continue.
"Russian tour operators are advised to stop selling tours to Turkey on these dates. Russians who find themselves in Turkey will have the opportunity to continue their vacation or return on charters," the statement said.
It should be noted that the official reason for the ban was the bad epidemiological situation in Turkey: in recent days, the country records over 50,000 new cases of coronavirus per day.
On April 10, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived with an official visit to Turkey amid an escalation of the conflict in Donbas.
During the visit, Zelensky met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The heads of state discussed a number of economic issues, as well as the situation in eastern Ukraine.
In addition, the day before the Ukrainian president's visit to Turkey, CNN reported that the United States was considering sending warships to the Black Sea in the next few weeks. However, it was noted that the straits for access to the sea are controlled by Turkey, and it is unclear whether a message was sent to the Turkish government.