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Feb 06 2019

Russia lifts visas for Turkish truck drivers, businesspeople

Russia on Wednesday signed a decree which lifts visas for Turkish truck drivers and businesspeople, pending the adoption of similar measures by Ankara, Russian Sputnik news reported.

The decree, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, stipulates that a visa-free regime would be introduced for Turkish citizens with special passports who are visiting Russia on short-term business trips, including diplomatic missions and consular affairs, as well as truck drivers on international haulage journeys.

The decree will come into effect on the condition of similar measures from Turkey for Russian citizens "based on the principle of reciprocity," Sputnik said.

Moscow and Ankara have been mending ties following a period of increased tensions which began in Nov. 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian bomber jet, leading Russia to impose a range of economics sanctions, including the cancellation of visa-free travel for Turks to Russia.