Russia is suspending its visa-free regime with Turkey from January 1, 2016, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, TASS reports.

“We have decided to suspend the visa-free regime between Russia and Turkey. This decision will come into force on January 1,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov explained the move by saying that Turkey deported Russian nationals to countries unfriendly to Russia.

“Over 200 Russians were deported from Turkey after being found guilty of engaging in illegal activities. Despite the existing bilateral agreements, Russia was informed of deportation in only 7 out of 200 cases. In the majority of cases, they (Russians – QHA) got deported to other countries, including those unfriendly to Russia,” he said.

It was reported earlier that a visa-free regime between Russia and Turkey has been in place since 2011.