Russian tourists run out of sunny options as Turkey tensions rise

After the downing of a Russian fighter in Turkish airspace, President Vladimir Putin warned citizens on November 25, 2015 against travelling to Turkey -- cutting off another sunny destination for Russians also barred from Egypt since a plane bombingTensions following Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search for sunnier climes — and for battered tour operators. Foreign travel had already been under a dark shadow from a weak economy and the severing of air ties with Egypt after the bombing of a passenger jet. Officials led by president Vladimir Putin warned Russians against travelling to Turkey and insisted the country was no safer than Egypt, where a Russian charter plane flying from the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg was downed by a bomb last month, killing all 224 people on board.

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