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Russia ready to ease visa requirements for some categories of Turkish citizens

August 12, 18:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian foreign ministry hopes corresponding agencies of the two countries will continue cooperation in the fight against international terrorism and organized crime

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MOSCOW, August 12. /TASS/. Russia is ready to ease visa requirements for some categories of Turkish citizens, the Russian foreign ministry said on Sunday ahead of Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Ankara on August 13-14.

"It is planned to discuss aspects of easing visa requirements for the two countries’ nationals. We confirm our readiness for visa liberalization for certain categories of Turkish citizens," the ministry said.

The ministry noted that the tourist flow from Russia to Turkey is growing after Turkey lifted visa restrictions. Preliminary results of the 2018 holiday season from the point of view of security issues will be summed up at Lavrov’s meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusolglu.

"Russia hopes corresponding agencies of the two countries will continue cooperation in the fight against international terrorism and organized crime," the ministry said.

While in Turkey, the Russian top diplomat will take part in a meeting of Turkish ambassadors and representatives to international organizations. He will speak about the areas and priorities of Russia’s foreign policy.

It will be first such event in the bilateral practice, which, according to the Russian foreign ministry, demonstrates "the high level of mutual trust between the Russian and Turkish foreign ministries, proves that the interests of our countries are close or identical and shows the two countries are set to further develop partner ties and coordinate their positions on key international and regional problems.".

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