Moscow to lift all restrictions on Turkey

Turkish foreign minister Cavusoglu says first results of peace moves can be witnessed in tourism sector

Moscow to lift all restrictions on Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Moscow will lift all restrictions on Turkey imposed in the aftermath of downing of a Russian jet when it violated Turkish airspace last November, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said.

In an interview with French daily Le Monde published Monday, Cavusoglu said: “Russia told us that they are going to lift all of them. We saw the first results in tourism. Russians have started to come back; they can come [to Turkey] freely without visa.”

He said a ministerial-level meeting and senior bureaucrats would review progress of the peace overtures.

Following Turkey’s shooting down a Russian fighter, Moscow imposed several embargoes ranging from import of Turkish foods to Turkish construction firms.

Last week, the two countries restored ties again after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone.

Russia then decided to lift a ban on tourist flights to Turkey.

Cavusoglu also said Ankara had been in talks with Russia and Iran to discuss the future of Syria.

“Turkey still believes Syrians and the opposition do not want to accept [Bashar] Al-Assad. Assad used chemical weapons and barrel bombs to kill 500,000 people,” he said.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to the UN.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2016, 15:13