The authorities of Russia and Turkey have agreed on measures to improve relations between the two countries, said the representative of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin.
“We are pleased to announce that Turkey and Russia have agreed immediately to take the necessary steps to improve bilateral relations”, — quotes Reuters the representative of the Turkish President.
Earlier on Monday the Kremlin announced that President Vladimir Putin had a message for Erdogan, in which he for the first time in seven months after the attack on su-24, 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” — quoted the Kremlin received the document.
The representative Erdogan has confirmed that he appealed to Putin with a message and asked the relatives of the deceased pilot “forgive us.” “The President also called his Russian partners to restore the traditional friendly relations between Turkey and Russia to work together to solve regional crises, and jointly combat terrorism,” — said the representative of Erdogan.
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.” According to him, Moscow is also expected for beginning of the thawing of relations between Russia and Turkey. He recalled that the apology and the question of compensation for the death of the pilot were the main conditions put forward by Russia to the Turkish authorities for the resumption of relations.
After the Turkish air force in November of last year shot down a Russian su-24, Moscow has imposed on Ankara a number of restrictive economic measures, including banned certain vegetables and fruits, and forbade the operators to sell tours to Turkey.
At the end of may the Russian President during his visit to Greece said that Moscow wants to resume relations with Ankara, but also desires to resume relations need something else to do.” Erdogan in response to these words said, he wants to improve relations with Russia, but does not understand what should be the first steps of Ankara in this direction. This in the Kremlin again reminded that it is still waiting for an apology and compensation for su-24.