Recep Tayyip Erdogan reagerte fredag på nyheten om at tyrkiske forretningsmenn på en messe i Russland er anholdt for brudd på visabestemmelsene. Dette har tydeligvis provosert Erdogan, som advarte Putin mot å leke med ilden.
Erdogan condemned reports that some Turkish businessmen had been detained for visa irregularities while attending a trade fair in Russia.«It is playing with fire to go as far as mistreating our citizens who have gone to Russia,» Erdogan told supporters during a speech in Bayburt, in northeast Turkey. «We really attach a lot of importance to our relations with Russia… We don’t want these relations to suffer harm in any way.»
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday Moscow would suspend its visa-free regime with Turkey as of January 1, which could affect Turkey’s tourism industry.