Following government warning, all tourist agencies in Russia suspend the sale of trips to Turkey
All tourist agencies in Russia have canceled chartered flights to Turkey and suspended the sale of all trips to Turkey. Dmitry Gorin, the vice president of Russia's Association of Tour Operators made the announcement earlier today, a day after the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft near the Syrian-Turkish border. Goruin noted that there are no imminent plans to evacuate Russian tourists currently present in Turkey back to Russia.
On November 24, a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft was shot down in Syria earlier today, while conducting airstrikes against terrorist targets near the Turkish border. Turkey says the plane violated its airspace 10 times within a five-minute period, which defense officials in Moscow flatly deny.
Russia's Federal Agency for Tourism issued a travel advisory on November 25, warning tourist agencies against selling travel packages to Turkey, citing the threat of terrorism there. The agency warned tourist companies that they could be legally liable for providing services to clients that endanger their safety.