State Duma proposes stopping of flights between Russia and Turkey

A deputy filed the request with the Federal Air Transport Agency head

State Duma Vice-Speaker Nikolai Levichev (A Just Russia) has asked the Federal Air Transport Agency head to consider the possibility of stopping flights between Russia and Turkey.

Levichev filed the request with the Federal Air Transport Agency head after a report on the crash of a Russian warplane on the Syrian-Turkish border.

"I am requesting that you consider the possibility of complete and immediate termination of air traffic between Russia and Turkey until comprehensive measures are taken to eliminate any possible sources of terrorist threat in Turkish airports," says Levichev's request seen by Interfax.

Levichev explained his concern by saying that the Turkish Airlines national air carrier was performing flights from Turkey to a number of regions with a high terrorist threat. Planes of Russian air carriers depart for various Russian cities from the same Turkish airports.

"Given that the attitude of the Turkish authorities to the terrorist group ISIL [outlawed in the territory of Russia] cannot be called negative, there is a high risk of Turkish airports' penetration by militants, which may enhance the terrorist threat to Russian planes," he said.

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