Kremlin: Russia, Turkey should restore communication channels

The recent terrorist attack in Istanbul proves the importance of responding to information from other countries about such threats and the need for the revival of communication channels between Russia and Turkey, Sputnik International news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying July 4.

Russia has consistently conveyed information about those who are suspected of involvement in terrorism, the spokesman said.

“Communication channels with Turkey, have not worked recently, and now they are to be revived and restored, but it once again underscores the importance of maintaining such channels of information [exchange] and, more importantly, the need for reactions to signals sent to each other,” Peskov added.

The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Su-24 bomber incident in 2015.

Following the incident, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on ensuring the country’s national security and taking special economic measures against Turkey.

On June 27, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Putin over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident.

Putin informed his country’s Cabinet of Ministers that after receiving a letter from Erdogan June 27, it was decided to start the process of normalization of relations with Ankara.

Erdogan and Putin had a phone conversation June 29.

Source: Trend