Putin offers Turkey’s Erdogan closer ties
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 9, 2016
Russia has said it is ready to restore economic co-operation and other ties with Turkey. President Vladimir Putin stated this during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Saint Petersburg today.
It is Mr Erdogan’s first foreign visit since an attempted coup last month. Mr Erdogan thanked Mr Putin, saying his call straight after the coup attempt was very welcome. Russian-Turkish relations soured last November when Turkey shot down a Russian bomber on the Syrian border.
The visit comes as Turkey’s ties with the West have cooled over criticism of Mr Erdogan’s purge of alleged coup-plotters. Before leaving Turkey, Mr Erdogan referred to President Putin as his “friend” and said he wanted to open a new page in relations with Russia.
Mr Putin said their talks would cover the whole range of our relations including restoring economic ties and combating terrorism.