17:02 Jul. 9, 2016
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.
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.