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    Civil aviation flights from Russia to Turkey were temporarily suspended, Federal Air Transport Agency said in a statement on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russian air carriers were provisionally barred from flights to Turkey amid a military coup attempt in the country.

    "As political situation has deteriorated in Turkey, transportation of Russian citizens to Turkish cities by regular flights of Russian and Turkish companies were temporarily suspended. The restriction on the flights will remain until the situation clarifies," the statement reads.

    However, the agency noted that Russian and Turkish airlines would continue evacuation of Russian citizens from Turkey.

    "Information on the flights, on their order and conditions… can be found in call centers and airlines' officers," the agency stressed.

    Meanwhile, some 4,000 individual tourists from Russia are staying in Turkey, while the number of organized tourists does not exceed 1,000.

    Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup is taking place in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish citizens to take to streets, stating that the coup attempt was carried out by a small group within the military.

    The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters have been detained and the country is returning to normal life. Over 180 people were killed and 1,470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have been detained, according to the prime minister.

    On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that there has been no information on any Russian citizens getting hurt during the attempted military coup in Turkey.



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