News from Russia: Moscow and Ankara reach consensus on normalizing their relations

17:12 Aug. 9, 2016

Moscow and Ankara reach consensus on normalizing their relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Konstantin palace outside St.Petersburg, Russia, on Aug. 9, 2016 (AP Photo)

Erdogan and Putin meet in St. Petersburg to mend relations between the two countries 

On August 9, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Russia's city St. Petersburg to meet his counterpart - Russian president Vladimir Putin – and discuss a number of issues, ranging from politics up to business and security.

Above all, the visit aimed to mend the ties between the two countries, which were severely damaged after Turkey downed a Russian jet near the Syrian border in November 2015.

Putin said on Tuesday, August 9, he believed that Turkey will recover from a failed military coup that occurred last month and restore the order in the country, according to Reuters. He added that Kremlin never supported unconstitutional actions.

The Russian leader said, Erdogan's visit signified that both countries wanted to renew their dialogue in favour of both nations.

Read more Russia, Turkey ready for fresh start, create mutually beneficial future - Daily Sabah

On his part, the Turkish leader said he hoped the ties between Moscow and Ankara entered a new positive phase, which can help enhance cooperation between the two countries.

Russia introduced sanctions against Turkey, which led to a drop in a number of Russian tourists. Yet, now Turkey and Russia may resume negotiations on some business projects including the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in the nearest future. The Kremlin froze the project following the tensions between Ankara and Moscow.

Today's meeting between Erdogan and Putin is the first one since the downing of a Russian fighter jet. It is also Tayyip Erdogan's first foreign visit after the failed coup attempt.

Two leaders met as Turkey's relations with Europe and the United States got under strain over 'Western concern about the putsch attempt', which claimed lives of 240 people.

Read more Reuters: As Turkey's coup strains ties with West, detente with Russia gathers pace

The Russian president was one of the first to call the Turkish leader to offer his support in the failed coup aftermath.

Erdogan thanked Putin for doing this: "Your phone call immediately after the failed military coup was very necessary."

Summing up the meeting between Putin and Erdogan, a source in the Turkish President office said that both parties reached a consensus on normalising Moscow-Ankara ties.

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