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Russia prepares documents to lift restrictions on cooperation with Turkey — Kremlin

June 30, 13:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Kremlin says preparations to the Putin-Erdogan meeting are underway, but there is no exact date
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Turkish and Russian Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, 23 September 2015

Turkish and Russian Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, 23 September 2015


MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. Russia’s government is now preparing a package of documents lifting restrictions on cooperation with Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

The documents should be adopted which will "abolish certain acts introducing bans on this or that activity," Peskov said.

"There was a presidential decree there and correspondingly there will be a presidential decree to be followed by acts of the government. The whole range of these documents is being prepared by the government now," he said.

In phone conversation on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to lift restrictions on Russian tourists’ trips to Turkey.

Speaking about the need for Turkey to step up measures of anti-terrorism security, Peskov reminded that Putin said the decision on resuming charter operations was made "taking into consideration the situation de facto."

Terrorism is not only a Turkish problem, Peskov stressed. "Unfortunately, we face such a danger in many countries and the geography is absolutely unpredictable," he said, adding that Paris is dangerous as well.

"In this case all tourists here should take decision independently and bear responsibility for their security if they decide to go on these trips," he said.

Peskov also expressed hope that the situation will change for the better. "In any case one should be prepared for the worst case," he stressed, adding that the citizens who travel to Turkey and other countries should observe safety precautions.

Kremlin does not rule out Putin-Erdogan meeting before G20 summit

The Kremlin says it is impossible to give the exact date of the meeting between Russian and Turkish Presidents yet, it can take place either at the G20 summit in China’s Hangzhou in early September or before this international event.

"Of course, a lot of joint work lies ahead. The foreign ministers will begin it in Sochi one of these days, and, certainly, preparations will get underway for the two presidents’ meeting they have agreed on. It is impossible to say now whether this meeting will be held on the sidelines of the G20 summit or whether there will be a separate meeting before the G20 summit, but hard work lies ahead," the Kremlin spokesman said.

"We would not like to give information other than we provided yesterday (following telephone conversation between Putin and Erdogan)," Peskov said when asked whether the issue of compensation for the downed Russian warplane was discussed by the Russian and Turkish leaders.

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