ANKARA (QHA) -

Ankara is not going to introduce a visa regime for Russian citizens despite the strained relations between the two countries, RIA Novosti reports officials of the Turkish Embassy to Russia as saying.

“Turkey is not going to introduce a visa regime for Russian citizens because it considers the Russian people friendly,” said the Embassy’s officials.

It was reported earlier that an F-16 fighter jet of the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian bomber over the Turkish-Syrian border. The incident prompted an immediate response from Russian President Vladimir Putin who referred to it as ‘a stab in the back’ delivered by accomplices of terrorists. Following the downing of the plane, Putin signed a decree introducing economic sanctions against Turkey. Under the decree, Russia is to suspend visa-free travel and cancel charter flights between the two countries as of January 1, 2016.

QHA