Russia closes 'crisis chapter' with Turkey

2016-06-29 19:21
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP)

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Moscow - Moscow is lifting travel restrictions on Russian tourists visiting Turkey after a period of diplomatic tension with plans to resume "mutually advantageous" trade relations.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he asked his government to begin "the process of normalising general trade and economic ties with Turkey", fixing badly strained relations since Ankara shot down a Russian warplane taking part in Moscow's military campaign in Syria last year.

"I want to start with the question of tourism... we are lifting the administrative restrictions in this area," Putin told government ministers in televised comments.

Russian tourism to Turkey last month was down more than 90% year on year, according to figures by Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism. 

The development came days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret for the downing of the Russian jet in a letter this week to Putin. 

The Russian leader said the letter created conditions to close "this crisis chapter" in bilateral relations.

On Wednesday, Putin and Erdogan held a "constructive" telephone conversation, according to the Kremlin.

Putin told Erdogan he hoped that a criminal case launched against a Turkish citizen accused of killing the Russian pilot of the downed warplane would be an objective one.

Ankara has said it acted lawfully in shooting down the plane, saying it had crossed from Syria into Turkish air space; Moscow denied that happened.

In Syria, Russia backs President Bashar Assad while Turkey, with its Western allies, supports rebel forces seeking to unseat the Syrian leader. 
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