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China: Putin and Erdogan talk energy, trade and tourism ahead of G20 summit02:20

China: Putin and Erdogan talk energy, trade and tourism ahead of G20 summit

China, Hangzhou
September 3, 2016 at 17:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, Saturday, ahead of the G20 summit.

During the meeting, Putin and Erdogan discussed Russia’s lifting of the charter travel ban to Turkey as well as the normalisation of relations between the two countries concerning trade, economics and energy.

Putin said "on August 28 the government of the Russian Federation signed the corresponding decree and yesterday the first charter flight carrying Russian tourists landed in Turkey."

However, the Russian president noted that despite the progress achieved between the two countries, "a lot still needs to done to restore fully-fledged cooperation in all directions."

Erdogan thanked Putin for lifting the travel ban to Turkey, adding that "politics, economics and other issues" will also be on the agenda of the meeting.

Bilateral ties between Russia and Turkey had deteriorated after the downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet by the Turkish Air Force in November of last year. The first meeting of the heads of states since the Turkish air force downed the jet took place in St. Petersburg on August 9.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, Saturday, ahead of the G20 summit.

During the meeting, Putin and Erdogan discussed Russia’s lifting of the charter travel ban to Turkey as well as the normalisation of relations between the two countries concerning trade, economics and energy.

Putin said "on August 28 the government of the Russian Federation signed the corresponding decree and yesterday the first charter flight carrying Russian tourists landed in Turkey."

However, the Russian president noted that despite the progress achieved between the two countries, "a lot still needs to done to restore fully-fledged cooperation in all directions."

Erdogan thanked Putin for lifting the travel ban to Turkey, adding that "politics, economics and other issues" will also be on the agenda of the meeting.

Bilateral ties between Russia and Turkey had deteriorated after the downing of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet by the Turkish Air Force in November of last year. The first meeting of the heads of states since the Turkish air force downed the jet took place in St. Petersburg on August 9.

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