Russia has got the Turkish authorities consent to calling at the port of Istanbul by those cruise vessels, which also intend to call at the ports of Crimea, despite the EU sanctions. This was announced by Russia’s Deputy Transport Minister Viktor Olersky.
“We have been negotiating with the Turkish authorities and have been refused first due to the possible calling at the ports of Crimea. But then we have got the green light and this has been documented,” said Olerskij.
According to him, Russian cruise vessels with a capacity of up to 500 passengers will begin to ply the route in the Black Sea during the holiday season of 2017. They plan to call at the ports of Caucasus, the annexed Crimea and Turkey.