MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Volleyball players from Russia’s Zenit Kazan club have no security worries ahead of their away game against Turkish club Halkbank, scheduled for December 16 in Ankara, despite recently strined relations between Russia and Turkey, Oleg Bryzgalov, the director of the Russian club, told TASS on Monday.
"The team takes a regular flight to Ankara via Istanbul," Bryzgalov said in an interview with TASS. "There will be no additional security officers with the team. The Turkish side received recommendations from the European Volleyball Confederation [CEV] and they must be observed."
"We believe that the security at the match will be provided at the highest level and after return to Russia we will play home game against [Nizhny Novgorod’s] Gubernia," Bryzgalov added.
Relations between Russia and Turkey have been strained since an F-16 fighter jet from the Turkish Air Force shot down on November 24 a Russian Su-24M bomber, which was on anti-terrorism mission over Syria. Ankara claims the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria, while Moscow maintains that the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory.
Following the incident the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism advised Russian nationals against travelling to Turkey over security concerns. Furthermore, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Russia’s decision to scrap visa-free regime with Turkey starting in 2016.