Normalization of Turkey-Russia relations to allow implementing mutually beneficial projects – expert

The normalization of relations between Turkey and Russia will heal the “wounds”, which appeared not only in economic sphere, but also in various other fields between the two countries over the past nine months, Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu, vice chairman of the Turkish analytical center Strategic Outlook, told Trend Aug. 2.

Henceforth, the sides will continue the implementation of many mutually beneficial projects, said Oztarsu.

He noted that Turkey’s relations with Russia also affect the relations with countries of the region.

Turkey is not able to carry out its usual policy in the region over many months, while the economy, tourism, agriculture and industry need to be improved, said Oztarsu.

It is expected that Russia will also cancel visa regime for Turkish citizens soon that will have positive impact on Turkey’s cooperation with countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Turkey is a dialogue partner at the SCO.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia on Aug. 9 and will have a meeting with the country’s President Vladimir Putin.

Relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated when Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber with two pilots on board. On June 27, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Putin over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident. After that, the two countries’ relations began to improve.

Source: Trend News Agency