Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications Binali Yildirim said that he considered the issue a violation of international air traffic rules.
"We were outraged by today’s statement of Turkish transport Minister Yildirim with unfounded accusations of Russia in connection with two Turkish Airlines — Pegasus Airlines and Onur Air — suspending flights to our country. We would recommend the Turkish minister not to engage quickly in the anti-Russia propaganda campaign, but to examine the real situation with the above mentioned Turkish air carriers,” Zakharova said.
Another air carrier, Turkish Airlines, which dealt with the issue on time, received multiple annual visas for its pilots and technicians and operates on schedule, Zakharova added.
On December 1, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on the implementation of special economic measures against Turkey amid the countries’ deteriorating bilateral relations following the downing of a Russian Su-24 jet over Syria.