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Putin promised to lift restrictions for imports of Turkish tomatoes

Staff Writer |
During Vladimir Putin's work visit to Turkey, he was given a royal welcome, and Erdogan called the Russian president "my friend" at least seven times at the final press conference.

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Erdogan confirmed during the meeting that Ankara had made the first payment for Russia's S-400 systems. Russia is to start their deliveries to Turkey within two years.

"No one has the right to criticize Russia and Turkey for their cooperation in the field of defense, which is being conducted in strict accordance with international law and is in no way directed against any third countries," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated responding to criticism from Washington about Turkey's decision.

Putin and Erdogan also agreed on the implementation of two large-scale projects - the Turkish Stream gas pipeline on the bottom of the Black Sea and the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant Akkuyu, which is being built with Russia's help.

As for the ban on the activities of Turkish companies in certain sectors of the Russian economy, Russia lifted remaining restrictions on imports of agricultural products, raw materials and food from Turkey in June.

In addition, Russia resumed selling tours to Turkey and lifted restrictions for charter flights to the country.

In September, Russia resumed imports of pomegranates, peppers, lettuce, iceberg lettuce, squash and pumpkins from Turkey.

To crown it all, during the meeting in Ankara, Putin promised to lift restrictions for imports of Turkish tomatoes.

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