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    Russia Lifting Turkey Restrictions Not at Expense of Domestic Producers

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    The Russian government will gradually lift restrictions against Turkey, but not at the expense of Russian producers and partners, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The leaders agreed to restore bilateral relations, inluding in the spheres of trade and tourism.

    "We will act gradually. On the one hand, it's necessary to remove these restrictions considering the improvement in the political atmosphere, but, of course, not at the expense of Russian producers and partners who have taken on the freed spots on the Russian market," Medvedev said at a government session.

    When it comes to the tourism field, Turkey has to provide guarantees that Russians traveling to the country will be safe, Medvedev noted.

    "At the height of the tourist season, a relevant topic is the lifting of bans on charter flights and recommendations for Russian tourists not to travel [to Turkey]. Here, it is very important to obtain additional guarantees from the Turkish authorities that effective measures are being taken to ensure the safety of our travelers, especially in light of the recent tragic events in Istanbul," he said.


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