Russia to gradually abolish restrictions regarding Turkey – PM (UPDATE)

Other News Materials 30 June 2016 15:00 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 13:51)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the country’s cabinet of ministers to prepare measures on phased removal of restrictions in economic relations with Turkey, TASS news agency reported.

On June 30, at a cabinet meeting, he said that Russian president on June 29 instructed the government to work out a decision on resumption of trade cooperation with Turkey, as well as removal of a number of restrictions.

“We will act gradually,” Medvedev said. “On one hand, it's necessary to remove these restrictions considering the improvement in the political atmosphere, but, of course, not to the detriment of Russian manufacturers and partners, who have taken on the freed spots on the Russian market.”

When it comes to tourism field, Turkey has to provide guarantees that Russians traveling to the country will be safe, especially in light of the recent tragic events in Istanbul, Medvedev noted.

Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport came under a terrorist attack June 28.

Fourty-two people were killed, and numerous persons were wounded in the attack.

The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group stands behind the attack, according to preliminary reports.

Putin and Erdogan held phone talks June 29. The last time the two leaders spoke was November 2015 at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey.

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.