T/C “transport minister,” Erhan Arikli, told Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak that besides Russia, the “government” in the occupied north is discussing the possibility of operating direct flights to and from the occupied areas of Cyprus, with one more country.
Arikli added that “the government” is working hard in order to announce the agreement on November 15, the anniversary of the establishment of the breakaway state.
He also said that efforts are taking place to attract to the north, the 650,000 Russian tourists who used to visit the government-controlled areas of Cyprus, annually but cannot travel now due to EU sanctions.
At the same time, he noted, that there are approximately 100,000 Russian tourists living in the south and these people cannot go to Moscow or to their relatives.
“So,” he said, “we are trying to provide them with residence permits of the Turkish republic of northern Cyprus,” he concluded, referring to the pseudostate.