Turkish Airlines bans Syrians, Afghans from flights to Minsk

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12 November, 16:03

    ISTANBUL - Turkish airlines does not accept Syrian, Iraqi or Afghan citizens on its flights from Turkey to Minsk, with the exception of those travelling with a diplomatic passport, sources from the Turkish carrier confirmed to ANSA on Friday. The sources said that the decision came into effect last night and at the moment no date has been scheduled for the resumption of the service.

    The Belarusian air carrier Belavia has said that it will also stop connections from Turkey to Minsk for citizens coming from Syria and Iraq, as well as Yemen, adding in a statement that the decision was taken at the request of Turkish authorities.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described as "lies" the statements of Premier Mateusz Morawicki saying that Ankara is acting in agreement with Moscow and Minsk to facilitate migrant trafficking towards Belarus, contributing to make the situation complicated in the border area with Poland.

    "Saying that the refugee crisis originates from Turkey is shameful", stated yesterday Erdogan. He recalled that Ankara has given hospitality for years to nearly 5 million refugees mostly coming from Syria and Afghanistan.

    European Council President thanked Turkish authorities and civil aviation for their "support and cooperation" over their decision in a tweet.

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