Putin orders to lift restrictions on tourism regarding Turkey (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 15:30)
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had instructed the country’s cabinet of ministers to lift administrative restrictions on tourism regarding Turkey, RIA Novosti reported.
"Although this announcement is being made amid growing terror threat, we [Russia] will lift the administrative restrictions in this sphere [tourism], and I am asking the government of the Russian Federation to begin the process of normalizing trade and economic relations with Turkey," Putin said at a government meeting.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured that Turkey will do everything to ensure the safety of Russian citizens in the country, Putin said to the cabinet of ministers.
Turkey has recently experienced a major terror attack.
Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport came under a terrorist attack June 28. Forty-one people were killed as a result of the terrorist attack and currently, 239 injured are receiving treatment in Turkish hospitals.
The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Su-24 bomber incident. Following the incident, Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on taking measures for ensuring the country's national security and special economic measures against Turkey.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin June 27 over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident.
Erdogan said Turkey "shares the pain of the downed Su-24 pilot's death with his family" and "sees it as Turkey's pain".