ANKARA, August 15. /TASS/. Russia is ready to abolish visa regime for some categories of Turkish citizens, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the 10th annual Ambassadors’ Conference in Ankara on Wednesday.
"We reached agreements with Russia to abolish visas for businessmen and holders of official passports," the TRT TV channel quoted him as saying. According to Cavusoglu, the Russian-Turkish working group will discuss this issue after Eid al-Adha, which is celebrated in the country this year on August 21-24.
The official passports include passports for senior officials and diplomats
In 2010, an agreement was signed under which the two countries’ citizens could enter Russia and Turkey for a term of up to 30 days visa-free. On January 1, 2016, Moscow suspended the operation of a visa-free regime with Ankara. This measure was taken after Turkey had downed Russia’s Su-24 bomber on the border with Syria on November 24, 2015.
On April 15, 2016, Ankara introduced visa regime against Russian citizens who enter Turkey with service passports. The holders of diplomatic and internal passports still could visit Turkey visa-free. On June 1, 2016, the Turkish side extended its visa regime against professional drivers and people accompanying them who have Russian citizenship and carry out cargo and passenger transportations to Turkey.
In October 2016, the Turkish side raised the issue of abolishing visa restrictions that were introduced earlier. However, after the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov on December 19, 2016, Moscow decided to freeze negotiations on this issue for an indefinite term.