Russia is warning that ISIS may attack Russian tourists in Turkey.
The country announced that Russian visitors are in danger of facing abductions and public executions, Newsweek reports.
“According to the available information, these hostages may be moved to territories controlled by rebels in order to organize public executions and use the hostages as 'human shields' during combat actions with the Syrian governmental and coalition armies,” Russia's Federal Agency for Tourism said in a statement on Jan. 26, according to Newsweek.
The agency also warned tourists traveling to Turkey to take precautions to ensure their personal safety.
It would not be the first time Russian tourists were targeted. An ISIS bomb killed 224 people on a flight from Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh to St. Petersburg, Russia, in October 2015. Most of the victims were Russian.
For years, Turkey has been a favorite among Russians looking for a holiday. However, since a Turkish air force shot down a Russian bomber on the Syria-Turkey border in November 2015, tours have been increasingly banned.
Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Russia has since been tense. Russia has even accused Turkey of engaging in illicit dealings with ISIS. Turkey, in turn, has accused Russia of working with ISIS and said that the Russian plane involved in the November 2015 incident had entered Turkey airspace. Turkey has also accused Russian nationals of being involved in the Istanbul explosion earlier in January that killed 10 people.
However, the Israeli defense minister has backed up Russia's claims that ISIS is being funded by Turkish money, RT notes.
"As you know, Daesh (Islamic State, previously ISIS/ISIL) enjoyed Turkish money for oil for a very, very long period of time," Moshe Yaalon told reporters in Athens on Jan. 26, according to RT.
"I hope that it will be ended," Yaalon added. "It's up to Turkey ... to decide whether they want to be part of any kind of cooperation to fight terrorism. This is not the case so far.”
Media analysis of Russian news outlets showed that by the end of 2015, Turkey was considered Russia’s predominant enemy, ahead of even ISIS as well as Ukraine and the U.S., Newsweek notes.