Turkey seeks no mediation to normalize relations with Russia (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey hasn't appealed to any country with a request to mediate in the settlement of relations between Ankara and Moscow, a source in Turkish Cabinet of Ministers told Trend Feb. 11.
Diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey soured after a Russian Su-24 was shot down by the Turkish Air Forces Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey said the warplane violated its airspace, while Russia dismissed the claims.
Following the incident, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and economic measures against Turkey.
According to the source, the reports saying that the Turkish prime minister allegedly went on a tour for the heads of some countries to act as mediators for normalizing relations between Ankara and Moscow are untrue.
Earlier, some media outlets reported that Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu was allegedly visiting a number of countries to find an intermediary for normalization of relations between Ankara and Moscow.
"Turkey hasn't closed diplomatic channels for a dialogue with Russia," the source explained.
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