Turkey and Russia signed a memorandum on lifting trade restrictions against each other, Turkish
presidential sources said on May 22, after Ankara and Moscow agreed at a meeting this month to settle trade disputes. The memorandum was signed by Simsek and his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich in Istanbul, the sources said. The signing marked an important step in normalizing and improving economic and trade relations between Turkey and Russia, they said. However, restrictions on imports of Turkish tomatoes are still in place, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.