Russian Interior Ministry bans employees from holidaying in Turkey

The Russian Interior Ministry has left Turkey off of a list of countries its employees are allowed to visit this year, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said.

The other countries that did not make the cut despite being on the 2015-2016 list were Syria, Tunisia, Thailand, Myanmar, Nicaragua and Egypt, according to a statement on the page of the Russian tour operators’ union ATOR, the newspaper said.

However, a wide range of countries and regions including Armenia, Palestine, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Turkmenistan were among those green-listed for travellers, the newspaper said.

Relations between Turkey and Russia have been volatile in recent years, with Russia’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad being a major sticking point in the relationship. But with Turkey moving away from its traditional NATO allies, bilateral relations have become warmer at times as well.