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 Putin, Erdogan set to rejuvenate relationship in the wake of positive talks

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey and Russia are determined to boost ties to levels even beyond what they were before the jet crisis erupted last November.

Censor.NET reports citing Anadolu news agency.

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A senior member of the Turkish delegation told the agency that the meeting between the presidents of Turkey and Russia was held in a very positive way.

Opening a joint news conference, Putin described his meeting with Erdogan as "concrete and constructive."

The Russian president announced that Russia would revive cooperation mechanisms with Turkey and lift sanctions against Turkish firms incrementally in order to restore trade ties to previous levels.

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Putin noted that Moscow and Ankara share a common stance on the fight against terrorism. The Russian leader said that Ankara has provided security guarantees to tourists from the Russian Federation, and resumption of charter flights may be deemed as quite probable. According to him, political decisions on the Akkuyu NPP and Turkish Stream projects have been adopted by the Turkish leadership.

As reported, on Aug. 9, Turkish President Erdogan is meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. These are the first talks between the two leaders after the Nov. 24, 2015 incident in which a Turkish Air Force warplane shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber.

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Turkey claimed that, according to radars, the Russian aircraft was 4 km deep into the country's territory. Moreover, the pilot received 10 warnings about the violation of air space before the bomber was destroyed.

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Moscow blamed the incident on the Turkish leadership. Ankara refused to apologize for the downed aircraft and the death of the pilot. As a result, almost all trade and economic ties between the two countries were frozen.
 
 
 
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