Russia lifts ban on chartered flights to Turkey
In another step betokening the advancing Moscow-Ankara détente, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order to lift the ban for chartered flights between Russia and Turkey, while advising air companies to provide additional security measures. Last October, Moscow imposed restrictions on goods and services from Turkey after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian bomber. Bilateral ties were restored on Aug, 9 when the Russian and Turkish presidents met at St. Petersburg. See DEBKAfile analysis of this reconciliation.