Erdogan called on Russia to cooperate

Эрдоган призвал Россию к сотрудничеству

Regional issues make it necessary for the resumption of cooperation between Russia and Turkey.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said about the necessity of resuming Russian-Turkish cooperation to solve regional problems.

“Unfortunately, after November 24, we are going through a difficult period in relations with Russia. After the collapse of the USSR they successfully developed, however, began to deteriorate even before the incident with the plane because of the policy that led the Russian leadership in recent years. Despite the sharp reaction of Moscow that it is difficult for us to understand regional issues make necessary the renewal of our cooperation, because Russia and Turkey are important countries in our geography. Expect your Russian colleagues will understand this and appreciate this need,” — said Erdogan, speaking at the Brookings institution in Washington during his visit to the United States.

He also noted that the crisis in Ukraine must be resolved on the basis of the Minsk agreements with a view to preserving the territorial integrity of this country.

Earlier, the Russian Federation Council said Moscow is ready to thaw relations with Turkey. A precondition for the normalization of relations the speaker of the Senate Valentina Matviyenko called the recognition by Ankara of responsibility for the downed Russian bomber su-24.

Relations between Russia and Turkey worsened after the incident with the Russian bombers. November 24, in Syria during a combat mission crashed Russian bomber su-24.

Russia insists that the plane was shot down over Syrian territory. Turkey claims that the plane was shot down in Turkish the sky and got warning.

Soon after the incident with su-24, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara will not apologise for the downed bomber, violated, according to him, the Turkish air space.

Later Erdogan said that Ankara-Moscow relations were not broken off completely, and continue in various areas.

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According to the materials:

RIA Novosti