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    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu introduced on Friday steps to support local tourism sector affected by restrictive measures imposed by Russia over the downing of a Russian plane by Turkey.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) In late November, Moscow introduced a number of economic measures against Ankara, including a ban on tours to Turkey, in response to the downing of a Russian Su-24 aircraft by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syria on November 24.

    "We have taken steps to not let tensions with Russia affect our tourism market. They include tax concessions and access easing to credits," Davutoglu said during a presentation of the Turkey’s Brand advertising campaign in Istanbul.

    A number of Russian tourists visiting the country has decreased by 19 percent in the 10 months of 2015, compared with the same period of last year.

    Turkey lost 4.4 percent in tourism revenues, amounting to some $12 billion, in the third quarter of this year.

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