November 12, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus
The proposal to ban the flights of Russian tourists to Turkey and Tunisia got support at the Federation Council. The senators felt that the tourist flow can be shifted to domestic resorts.
“Turkey and Tunisia remain the few magnets of mass tourism, but at present safety in Turkey and Tunisia leaves, to put it mildly, much to be desired”, – RIA Novosti quoted the member of the Committee of the Federation Council on International Affairs, Igor Morozov.
As Morozov explained, Turkey and Tunisia have recently experienced several terrorist attacks, in which tourists were injured. According to the senator, the ban on flights to these countries may force their governments to think more seriously about security.
“We have seen in a terrible state of security at Egyptian airports: Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El-Sheikh. For Russia the main task is to ensure the safety of their own citizens, and not the filling of the budget of these countries,” – said Morozov, adding that the Council of the Federation as a chamber of regions may raise the issue at one of its next meetings.
Earlier the deputies of the Communist party appealed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with a request to stop flights to Tunisia and Turkey. MPs Sergey Obukhov and Valery Rashkin argued that these countries may be dangerous for Russian tourists, because they are home to members of the terrorist group “Islamic state”, forbidden on the territory of Russia.
Russian flights to Egypt have been suspended on November 6 until the causes of the crash of the Russian airliner A321 over the Sinai are known. Russian President instructed to provide assistance to Russian citizens returning from Egypt.