SOCHI – Anadolu Agency
“We have agreed to deepen our relations,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a news conference with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin at the presidential residence in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, following a meeting between the two leaders.
“At this point it is important to restore the visa exemption regime,” Erdoğan said.
After Turkey shot down a Russian military jet over an airspace violation in November 2015, Moscow took several measures against Ankara, including banning the imports of Turkish agricultural products and ending visa-free travel for Turks.
In June, Moscow lifted the ban on some agricultural produce as well as Turkish firms involved in construction, engineering, and tourism.
Putin said the trade volume rose 36 percent in the first nine months of this year. “We believe that we can totally compensate for the drop last year by the end of this year,” he added.
He said they discussed “in detail” lifting the remaining restrictions on Turkey.
“We have especially found an opportunity to evaluate the latest developments in the Syrian dispute,” Erdoğan said.
Turkey and Russia, together with Iran, are the guarantor countries who brokered a December cease-fire in Syria, which led to the Astana, Kazakhstan talks, being held in parallel to U.N.-backed discussions in Geneva to find a political solution to the six-year conflict.