Turkish FM: Putin, Erdogan may hold first meeting by early August

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may hold a meeting by early August, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday.

“Putin and Erdogan may hold a meeting in late July or in early August” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Turkish NTV news channel.

The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Su-24 bomber incident. Following the incident, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on taking measures for ensuring the country’s national security and special economic measures against Turkey.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone conversation June 29.

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 sent a letter of condolences to Putin June 27 over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident.

Source: Trend