14:55 Jun. 29, 2016
Turkish and Russian leaders hold first phone conversation after downing of Russian jet
In a phone call Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have agreed to meet in person, Daily Sabah reports citing sources in the Turkish presidential administration.
According to the Turkish media, Putin called his Turkish counterpart to thank for the letter of condolence the Turkish president recently sent regarding the jet downing crisis which took place in November 2015.
Shortly after the phone call, Turkish presidential sources said that the meeting had ended on a very positive note. Later a written statement was released, in which it was emphasized that both leaders had both expressed a determination to revive mutual relations and fight against terrorism.
The statement further said Erdoğan and Putin "highlighted the importance of the normalisation of bilateral relations between Turkey and Russia."
Commenting on the call, the Kremlin press office said Putin authorized the government to lift tourism restrictions:
"As for our bilateral relations, I would like to begin with tourism issues, although this is said against the background of intensified activity of terrorists… Nevertheless, we lift the administrative restrictions in this sphere," Putin was quoted as saying by Russian TASS news agency.
"And I ask the Russian government to begin the process of normalization of trade and economic relations with Turkey in general," the Russian president added.