MOSCOW, Russia, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 22nd july,2016) - Moscow on Friday lifted a temporary ban on air travel for Russian citizens to Turkey imposed over fears of unrest after a failed coup in the country. "From July 22 2016 regular air connections for all airlines making flights from the territory of Russia to Turkey are reestablished," the transport ministry said in a statement released overnight. Moscow blocked Russian citizens from flying to Turkey on Saturday in the wake of a bloody coup attempt that rocked the country and President Vladimir Putin ordered officials to help holidaymakers return home.
Airlines cancelled flights over the weekend before restarting air travel only for non-Russian citizens. The ministry said the decision to lift the restrictions was taken "after receiving assurances from the Turkish side on urgent measures taken for the increased security of Russian citizens".