By Ali Balli
MUGLA, Turkey (AA) - Turkey attracts Russian tourists with its sea, sand, sun, unique bays, caves, canyons, waterfalls and extinct cities.
“Russian citizens love Turkey. It is not possible not to love Turkey,” Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Aleksey Yerhov told Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of the 5th Russian Cultural Days events organized in the Bodrum district of Mugla.
Evgenia Bilge, a Russian tourism investor, said: “The goal is to bring rich Russian citizens to Bodrum. We feel very secure in Turkey.”
“I want to continue my life here. I love Turkey. My child grows up with both Turkish and Russian culture,” said Bilge, who came to Turkey 12 years ago for a job and settled in Bodrum.
Elena Karakurt, a housewife who has been living in Bodrum for eight years, told Anadolu Agency: “Our relations with the Turks are very good. Turkey is now my first house.”
On Aug. 27, in a joint news conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Turkey is popular among Russian tourists and his country is grateful to Turkey for providing security and favorable conditions for them.
Erdogan, for his part, noted that Turkey hosted 2.7 million Russian tourists in the first half of 2019.
* Writing by Zehra Nur Duz