President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian government to launch the process of restoring cooperation with Turkey, including in the spheres of trade and economic ties, after phone conversation with his Turkey counterpart earlier in the day, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

“The Russian leader said that he would instruct the government to start negotiations with the Turkish authorities to restore the mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in trade, economic and other areas.” Putin instructed the Russian government to lift tourism-related restrictions against Turkey. The Russian leader expressed hope that Turkish authorities will take additional measures to ensure safety of Russian nationals in Turkey. READ MORE