Putin to call Erdoğan for first time since downing of Russian jet last year

Tue 28 Jun 2016 14:39 GMT | 18:39 Local Time

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Rssian President Vladimir Putin will call President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday, Turkish presidential sources said on Tuesday.

The call will be the first time the two presidents talk since the downing of a Russian warplane in November 2015.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had expressed regret for the downing of a Russian military jet to Vladimir Putin in an attempt to mend ties which were deeply strained last November, Daily Sabah writes.

A statement released by the presidential spokesman said that President Erdoğan sent a letter to President Putin to express his regrets about the downing of the Russian warplane in November 2015 and apology to the family of the Russian pilot who died in the incident.

''In the letter, the President stated that he "would like to inform the family of the deceased Russian pilot that I share their pain and to offer my condolences to them. May they excuse us" the statement read and continued by adding that President Erdoğan urged Putin to restore traditional friendly relations between the two countries.

Kalın also noted that Turkey and Russia have agreed to take necessary steps without delay to improve bilateral relations. Later on the same day, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that President Erdoğan will give a phone call to Russian President Putin on Wednesday or Thursday. This will be the first time the two presidents talk since the downing of the Russian warplane.
 

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