Turkey has not replied to the notes of the Russian Embassy on the “black list” of journalists. This was stated by foreign Ministry spokesman, Maria Zakharova, reports “Interfax”.
According to her, Moscow hopes that Turkey will reconsider restrictions against Russian journalists will stop the practice of using “black lists”. “We believe that given the emerging positive trends and progress in relations between our countries practice of “black lists” <…> will be terminated and will be reviewed these restrictive measures,” — said the diplomat.
The foreign Ministry hopes that in the near future Ankara will provide an official explanation regarding this “black list” and “all lists, which blocks the entry of foreign correspondents”.
Zakharova noted that this issue was repeatedly raised during the negotiations with the Turkish side. “Unfortunately, even the notes of the Russian Embassy in Turkey remain unanswered”, she concluded.
On 18 July the Istanbul airport “Ataturk”, was detained the journalist and the cameraman of the TV channel Ren-TV. According to them, the journalist was in “a certain list of persons whose entry into Turkey is forbidden”. Both media workers were deported. On 29 June, the Turkish authorities have forbidden to enter the country to the correspondent of Agency “RIA Novosti”. The next day he was deported from the country.
At the end of April the government of Turkey has banned the entry of editor-in-chief of Sputnik-Turkey Tural Kerimov. He was also deprived of accreditation.