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The Russian authorities have suspended most air travel with Turkey, due to the sharp rise of coronavirus infections, cutting off a key source of tourism revenue. 

Russia is suspending flights with Turkey until June 1, announces Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. “Flights will resume if developments in the pandemic show positive trend”, she said. Some recommendations were given to travel agencies in order to halt sales of tours to Turkey. However, two regular flights per week between Istanbul and Moscow will be held.  

More than 80% of the cases of Covid-19 identified in Russians returning from abroad people who came from Turkey, public-health chief Anna Popova told during a televised briefing this Monday.

Reminding that in recent weeks, Turkey has seen a significant increase in the incidence and death of coronavirus. Meanwhile, Russian deputies urge fellow citizens not to travel outside the country this summer.