Erdogan says wants Russian trade restrictions on Turkey lifted rapidly

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech at the ruling AK Party's headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would tell Vladimir Putin during a visit to Russia on Wednesday that he wanted Russian trade restrictions on Turkey lifted rapidly.

Speaking in Ankara before travelling to the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi to meet Putin, Erdogan told reporters that reaching a political solution to the conflict in Syria was a joint goal of Turkey and Russia.

Relations between the two countries soured when a Russian fighter jet was downed by the Turkish army near the Syria-Turkey border in 2015. Although steps by the Turkish government have helped in relatively normalising economic relations, Russia is yet to restore the collaboration between the two countries to levels before the downing of the Russian jet.