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Russia to start direct flights to the occupied areas of Cyprus

According to the Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Russia will start operating direct flights to the occupied areas of Cyprus.

The Turkish newspaper is citing diplomatic sources, according to which the Russian government agreed to start operating flights to the illegal airport in occupied Tymbou.

The first flight, according to Milliyet, will take place on 15 November, the anniversary of the establishment of the breakaway state. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will reportedly be on the first flight.

The date will also mark the inauguration of a new airport in the occupied north.

Milliyet commented that this development is seen as a diplomatic victory.

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said the beginning of direct flights from Russia to the occupied areas is a very important step for the recognition of the breakaway state.

In statements to the Turkish newspaper, Tatar noted that Turkey already carries out flights to the illegal airport since 1970.

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