Russian president Vladimir Putin announced the recovery of relations with Turkey and removal of most of the sanctions. Putin said this during press conference on the results of negotiations with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Reuters.
Turkish and Russian leaders held the meeting in Sochi.
"You have asked when we can say that restrictions which appeared some time ago will be lifted: we can say so today. We have agreed on complex solution of all these problems connected with the limits," Putin said.
"Some time ago our bilateral ties, as it well known, were tested. Now we can say with certainty remark that the recovery process in Russo-Turkish ties is complete. We are getting back to a normal cooperative partnership," Putin noted.
At the same time, Russian president added that the ban on import of Turkish tomatoes to Russia will be abolished after local producers cover the investments made due to the closure of this market.
“Speaking of tomatoes. Our farmers have taken significant amounts of loans. This is a relatively long production cycle. Given our climate, it means the construction of greenhouse facilities, etc. For these goods, the restrictions will remain,” he concluded.
As it is known, Russian aircraft Su-24 was shot down by Turkish fighter jet F-16 after aerial violation of Turkey on November 24, 2015. Russia imposed sanctions against Turkey in response.