Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he addresses students during his visit to German Embassy school in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)
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President Vladimir Putin 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. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia and Turkey would most likely resume cooperation in resolving the Syrian crisis.Dmitry Gordin, the vice president of Russia's association of tour operators, predicted that tourist flows to Turkey would recover to pre-November levels within three months.
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