In an interview with Sputnik Turkey, Recai Berber, the head of the Turkey-Russia interparliamentary friendship group at the Grand National Assembly, mentioned that Russian and Turkish officials have agreed that relations between the two countries have been fully restored.
"I have always said that Russia and Turkey resemble two halves of an apple. These countries need each other and complement each other. We can provide Russia with what it needs and receive from it what we lack, primarily energy resources. I am convinced that natural cooperation between the two countries will continue to develop, following its own path. High-profile visits are significant in this respect," he said.
Berber said that the agreement on establishing an investment fund was of particular importance.
Berber was referring to two large-scale energy projects, the Akkuyu nuclear power plant and the Turkish Stream. The construction of the Akkuyu NPP, the first nuclear power plant in Turkey, was launched in 2016. It is expected to be put online in 2022.
The Turkish Stream, unveiled in 2014, is a natural gas pipeline that is supposed to link Russia's Krasnodar Region with East Thrace in Turkey across the Black Sea.
"I think that this is a significant agreement from the point of view of investing in projects carried out in both countries, but also beyond," he told Sputnik.
Berber also said that the visa issue could be resolved in the near future. This will be a positive development for tourism, a sector badly hit by the fall out between Russia and Turkey after Ankara downed a Russian aircraft in northern Syria in November 2015.
"The Turkish delegation has urged [Russia] to lift economic sanctions on these agricultural goods as soon as possible. Clearly, major efforts with regard to this will be carried out in the near future. I think that substantial changes could take place in less than a month," he asserted.
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