News 14 february — 16:59

Kremlin expects Ankara to ensure safety of Russians in Turkey

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Moscow is confident that Ankara will ensure the safety of all Russians who work in Turkey, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, Tass reports.

"As for the situation surrounding our diplomatic mission to Turkey and our ambassador, we have no doubt that the Turkish authorities will take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of the Russian envoy and all embassy staff members, as well as the personnel of Russian companies and overseas agencies whose offices Turkey hosts in accordance with the Vienna Convention and the spirit of our bilateral relations," Peskov pointed out.

When asked if the Kremlin would instruct the Russian Foreign Ministry to issue a statement recommending that Russian tourists should refrain from visiting Turkey, Peskov said that it was a question for the Foreign Ministry, adding that there were no signs indicating the need to do it at the moment.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy told TASS earlier on Friday that Ankara was taking all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of Russian diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

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