Economic issues will be one of the Central topics of the talks in Sochi between the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. This is in anticipation of the visit of the Turkish leader in Russia said “the Tape.ru” the General Director of the Russian international Affairs Council (RIAC) Andrei Kortunov.
“Before Erdogan faces a number of specific tasks. He would like to abolish restrictions on trade in agricultural products, there are issues concerning the abolition of visa-free regime, there are energy projects, in which Ankara is certainly interested,” said the analyst, adding that Russia is one of the main economic partners of Turkey.
According to the expert, the result of the freezing of relations between Moscow and Ankara after the incident with the downed Russian bomber su-24 individual sectors of the Turkish economy was severely damaged. In particular, in addition to the agricultural sector, we are talking about the construction and tourism sectors.
“It has affected small business: Turkish farmers, peasants, owners of small restaurants and retail outlets oriented to the Russian tourists and Turkish workers who went to work in Russia,” Kortunov said.
The analyst noted that the President of Turkey and the Russian leader Vladimir Putin has set a goal to increase the bilateral trade to 100 billion dollars a year. “At the peak of relations, Moscow and Ankara closer to the mark of $ 40 billion, last year, during the crisis, turnover was less than $ 20 billion a year”, — said the expert.
3 may in Sochi will host the talks between Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the Russian leader. Before the presidents met on March 10 in Moscow. The Turkish side hoped that the outcome of the negotiations will be a full lifting of sanctions imposed after the incident with the Russian su-24 in November 2015, and facilitation of the visa regime. However, not all of what was expected by Ankara, has been implemented in full. Moscow was excluded from the sanctions list cloves, onion, cauliflower and broccoli, and tomatoes, cucumbers and apples — such an important article of the Turkish exports remained banned.