FM: Normalization of Turkey-Russia relations to benefit region

Türkiye Materials 1 July 2016 13:57 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 1

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Normalization of Turkey’s relations with Russia and Israel will benefit the region, TRT Haber news channel reported citing Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying July 1.

Cavusoglu said despite the fact that opinions of Ankara and Moscow on the solution of the Syrian crisis differ, it does not prevent further dialogue between the two sides.

Moscow, like Ankara, he noted, opposes the growth of radicalism in the region.

Turkish Foreign Minister held a bilateral meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov July 1 on the sidelines of a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Member States of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) in Russian city of Sochi.

This is the first meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers after the deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey.

The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Su-24 bomber incident. Following the incident, Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on taking measures for ensuring the country's national security and special economic measures against Turkey.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone conversation June 29.

Putin informed his country’s Cabinet of Ministers that after receiving a letter from Erdogan June 27, it was decided to start the process of normalization of relations with Ankara.

Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Putin June 27 over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident.


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