Turkey, Russia to start visa-free travel
Updated: 2011-04-15 17:21
ANKARA - Turkish and Russian nationals will be able to travel between the two countries without obtaining a visa starting from Saturday, the Anatolia news agency said Friday.
The move is expected to boost bilateral trade to $40 billion from the current $26.2 billion within one year and promote tourism as well, the report said.
Turkish and Russian citizens can travel for 30 days without visa within a 90-day period, according to the agreement.
Mehmet Buyukeksi, president of Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) , said he hoped this historic step with Russia would be an example to other EU countries, added the report.
Russia was the second biggest trade partner of Turkey and considered as a target market by all exporter sectors, he said.
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