Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses students during his visit to German Embassy school in Moscow on June 29, 2016. / AFP / POOL / Alexander Zemlianichenko
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President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lifted restrictions on travel to Turkey after mending ties with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seven months after Ankara downed a Russian jet, triggering a raft of sanctions.Following his first call with Erdogan since the incident, Putin announced that Moscow's ban on charter flights and package tours to Turkey would be lifted and that government would also look at ending an embargo on a selection of Turkish food products.The diplomatic breakthrough came in a phone call by Putin to Erdogan after the Turkish strongman on Monday sent a letter to the Kremlin leader that Moscow said contained an apology over the downing of the jet in November.Erdogan also called Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to thank for his contribution to improving Russia-Turkey relations, the Kazakh presidency said.While relaxing restrictions on trade with Turkey, Putin on Wednesday extended to the end of 2017 Moscow's embargo on food items from the West imposed in retaliation for sanctions over the Ukraine conflict.
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