News from Germany: Thaw in Moscow-Ankara Ties in EU's Interests - Berlin representative

18:30 Aug. 9, 2016

Thaw in Moscow-Ankara Ties in EU's Interests - Berlin representative

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, gestures as he speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Konstantin palace outside St.Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 (AP Photo)

Russia and Turkey are unlikely to set up the Anti-European alliance, says Gernot Erler, but their friendship is necessary to resolve conflicts

Gernot Erler, Germany's Coordinator for Intersocietal Cooperation with Russia, welcomed the rapprochement between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Russian DW reports. 

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According to him, the Western countries are interested in restoring Ankara-Moscow ties as the settling of conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh and Syria requires cooperation between Turks and Russians who represent opposite parties.

"No political decision will be made without at least minimum cooperation between Turkey and Russia", said Erler in his interview with the public radio station rbb on Tuesday, August 9.

There is no reason to dramatize this visit and its consequences, the politician believes.

He does not think that Turkey and Russia will conclude the anti-European alliance, he adds that the normalization of relations between Moscow and Ankara will have a long way to go.

However, the meeting in St. Petersburg shows that Putin and Erdogan do not count on the relationship with West, said Gernot Erler in his interview with the radio station Deutschlandfunk.

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As the foreign policy situation gets so complicated, Germany should conduct a dialogue with both parties, Erler said. The first step in this direction was the visit of the Markus Ederer, Secretary of State to the German Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs to in Ankara on August 8.

On August 9, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Russia's city St. Petersburg to meet his counterpart, Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The meeting was the first one since Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border last November. It was also Tayyip Erdogan's first foreign visit after the failed coup attempt.

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