Erdogan confirms Russia rapprochement

Erdogan confirms Russia rapprochement
# 28 June 2016 03:20 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Regarding the crisis between Turkey and Russia, Erdogan went on to say: “We had a crisis [over the Nov. 2015 downing of a Russian warplane], APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

“We tried to solve our problems. I believe the letter sent to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin will help increase our relations in favor of both countries.

“In that letter, I expressed my deep regret over the incident and also reminded him of regional cooperation possibilities we might lead. I believe that we can leave the current ill situation, which affects both countries, to normalize the ties rapidly."

The Turkish president sent a letter to his Russian counterpart calling for the restoration of “traditional friendly ties,” Turkey’s presidential spokesman confirmed on Monday.

Following the Nov. 2015 downing of the Russian warplane in Turkish airspace, the Kremlin ordered sanctions on food products, an end to visa-free travel, and a ban on Russian tourists taking package holidays in Turkey.

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