Turkey apologized to Russia, sides will establish relations, Putin says
Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that the country will continue restoring relations with Turkey, RIA Novosti reported.
Putin made the remarks at a meeting with ambassadors and permanent representatives of Russia.
“A telephone conversation with the president of that country [Turkey] took place June 29, as you know,” Putin said. “It is also known that Ankara brought apologies for the downed Russian bomber. With this in mind, we’re going to take measures soon for restoring bilateral cooperation.”
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held phone talks June 29. The last time the two leaders spoke was November 2015 at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey.
The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Su-24 bomber incident.
Following the incident, Putin signed a decree on taking measures for ensuring the country's national security and special economic measures against Turkey.
Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Putin June 27 over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident.
He said Turkey "shares the pain of the downed Su-24 pilot's death with his family" and "sees it as Turkey's pain".