: First flight carrying Russian tourists lands in Turkey after 8-month row

17:02 Jul. 9, 2016

First flight carrying Russian tourists lands in Turkey after 8-month row

Boats wait for tourists in Adrasan in Olympos area, about 100 kilometers west of Antalya, Turkey (AP photo)

On June 30 Russian President Putin lifted the ban on tourism to Turkey, imposed after Ankara shot down Russian military jet

The first Russian charter flight carrying tourists to Turkey since a diplomatic crisis erupted eight months ago has landed in the Turkish resort of Antalya, RFE/RL reports.

The Rossiya Airlines plane touched down at Antalya's international airport early on July 9 after President Vladimir Putin last month officially lifted restrictions on tourism to Turkey.

Read also Turkey becomes hottest destination for Russians just 24 hrs after tourism ban lift

Russia had banned the sale of agency tours to Turkey as retaliation for Ankara's shooting-down of a Russian war plane in November on the Syrian border.

Putin on June 30 gave the green light for the flights to resume after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to the Russian leader that Moscow said contained an apology for the downing of the jet.

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