Turkey intends to develop relations with Russia – Erdogan

Turkey intends to develop relations with Russia, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the TRT Haber news channel reported May 31.

Erdogan said Turkey stands for normalization of relations with Russia.

He also expressed hope that the crisis in relations between the two countries will soon be resolved.

Earlier, Numan Kurtulmus, Turkish deputy prime minister, said Turkey and Russia need each other.

Kurtulmus said the Turkey-Russia relations have been developing in many fields [before the incident with the downed Russian Su-24 bomber].

“As earlier, Turkey claims that when the Russian Su-24 bomber was shot down, Ankara had no idea whose bomber it was,” Kurtulmus said.

He also expressed hope that Ankara and Moscow will be able to resolve their differences in relations through dialogue.

Relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber on Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey said the bomber entered its airspace, while Russia denied its warplane flying into the Turkish skies.

Source: Trend