The Kremlin said the message of Erdogan to Putin “very important step”


Wednesday, June 29, held a telephone conversation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told reporters Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, reports . The conversation will take place in the middle of the day on the initiative of the Russian side, he said.

The conversation will happen after the day before Erdogan appealed to Putin with a message and apologized for the downed su-24 bomber.

According to Peskov, no linguistic subtleties of understanding letter of Erdogan is not required. There is the word “sorry”, said the press Secretary of the head of state.

Sands, a specialist on Turkey, he worked in the Russian Embassy in Ankara.

According to the spokesperson, the message of Erdogan is an important step towards the normalization of relations. Putin held a consistent position, he talked about the desire to maintain good relations with Turkey and about the steps that should be taken for this, reminded Sands.

He stressed that to solve all problems does not work, both sides have a lot left to be done. “But now this way made a very important step,” — said Peskov.

On the eve of the Kremlin reported that Erdogan, in a letter apologized for the downed bomber. “I want to Express my sympathy and deep condolences to the bereaved family of the Russian pilot and say excuse me,” the message reads. It also notes that Turkey has “never had the desire and deliberate intention to bring down a plane belonging to the Russian Federation”.

Commenting on the message of the Turkish President, a source in diplomatic circles said that after the apology “may come up on the gradual abolition of sanctions against Turkey.”

The representative Erdogan Ibrahim Kalin on Tuesday said that the authorities of Russia and Turkey have agreed on measures to improve relations between the two countries. “We are pleased to announce that Turkey and Russia have agreed without hesitation to take the necessary steps to improve bilateral relations,” he said.

After that, Erdogan predicted the rapid normalization of relations between the two countries. “I think we quickly normalize our relations with Russia and put an end to the current situation, which is disadvantageous to both sides,” he said.

The Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim initially said that Turkey is ready to pay Russia compensation. However, on Tuesday said that the Turkish authorities do not intend to pay compensation. “We just expressed Russia regrets in connection with the incident,” the Prime Minister said after a speech to the deputies of the Turkish Parliament.

The Turkish air force in November of last year shot down a Russian su-24. Moscow, in response, has imposed on Ankara a number of restrictive economic measures, including banned certain vegetables and fruits, as well as the sale of tours to Turkey tour operators. Conditions for the normalization of relations called apology and compensation.