Turkey aims to mull prospects of future co-op with Russia
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has urged Russia to fully lift all restrictions on supplies of Turkish foodstuffs to the Russian market.
“It is necessary to lift all existing restrictions imposed to reduce Turkish exports of food and agricultural products,” he told TASS Nov. 28 in the run-up to the visit of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Turkey.
"We should not speak about how to return our relations to the pre-crisis level. We should discuss how to develop them further and bring them to new heights," Cavusoglu said.
He added that all visa restrictions between Turkey and Russia should be lifted.
The relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated sharply in late 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber with two pilots on board. In June 2016, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the death of a Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident.