During a telephone conversation of the Russian and Turkish leaders Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed on a personal meeting. About it reports Reuters referring to representatives of the President of Turkey. During the talks, Putin condemned the attack, which occurred on Tuesday at the Istanbul airport.
Informed sources close to Erdogan said that the conversation the leaders have been “productive” and “positive”. It lasted about 45 minutes, the sources of Turkish publications.
The statement of the press service of the President of Turkey was quoted by Hürriyet. From this it follows that Putin and Erdogan drew attention to the importance of the normalization of bilateral relations between Russia and Turkey.” “Putin during the negotiations condemned the heinous terrorist attack in Istanbul, and conveyed its condolences to our President and to all the people,” — said the press service of Erdogan.
Both of the President during the meeting stressed their commitment to the common fight against terrorism” and agreed to meet “face to face”, the report says.
Earlier on Wednesday it became known that Putin expressed his condolences in connection with the attack at the airport in Istanbul, the victims of which, according to the latest official data, was 41.
Before the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov told that the conversation of leaders was initiated by Moscow after Putin received from Erdogan a letter of condolence in connection with death of the pilot of the su-24 shot down Turkish air force. “We have never had the desire and deliberate intention to bring down a plane belonging to the Russian Federation”, — said in the text message, which was quoted by the Kremlin.
Erdogan also expressed “deep regret” over the incident and expressed hope for the restoration of partnership relations with Russia. In the English version of the document one of the quotes has been changed. The original version, which saved the Google cache contained the expression “I apologise to them”, which is then replaced by: I am saying: “Excuse us.” Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov explained that “the clarification of the translation.”
The representative Erdogan stressed that his message did not contain an apology to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated that Moscow wants to hear an apology from Ankara. “We still haven’t heard a single coherent apology, no offers for compensation, nor promises to punish criminals for the committed crime”, — said the head of state in late November.