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Russians burn a Turkish flag after the downing of a Russian warplane. Photo: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Turkey Advises its People Not to Travel to Russia

In the wake of Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens to postpone all non-essential travel to Russia.

The statement was issued in response to reports that Turkish visitors to Russia have been facing difficulties as a result of the incident.

Turks planning to travel to Russia should delay, they said, until “the situation becomes clear.”

Since the plane was shot down on Tuesday, Russia has suspended its free-visa arrangement with Turkey, restricted tourist travel, and confiscated Turkish food shipments, all whilst preparing a further set of economic sanctions.

In a gesture of peace, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s President, said in a statement that the downing of the plane saddened him.

He has also warned Russia not to “play with fire”.

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