Russia, Turkey Step up Measures to Smooth Ties: Turkey Deputy PM

Russia, Turkey Step up Measures to Smooth Ties: Turkey Deputy PM
Mon Jun 27, 2016 16:03:06

Turkish deputy prime minister says his country and Russia have stepped up measures to normalize ties soured since last November.

During a televised news conference in the capital Ankara on Monday, Numan Kurtulmus welcomed what he said was a decision to allow some Russian companies to employ Turkish nationals again.

Russia’s relations with Turkey strained in November 2015 after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24M Fencer aircraft with two pilots aboard, claiming the fighter jet had repeatedly violated the Turkish airspace.

Moscow dismissed Ankara’s claims, saying the plane was brought down inside Syria, where Russia has been conducting combat sorties against Takfiri terrorists since late September 2015 upon a request by the Damascus government.

Following the incident, Moscow imposed a number of sanctions on Ankara, including import restriction on Turkish foods, a ban on tourist travel to Turkey, an embargo on hiring Turkish citizens in Russia and a ban on Turkish organizations' activities in Russia.

Turkey and Russia have also taken different positions regarding the crisis in Syria, with each of them backing opposite sides in the deadly conflict.

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