Erdogan calls Putin "my dear friend" after meeting to restore ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin "my dear friend" at a press conference in St Petersburg following their first meeting since a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian warplane last year.

"My dear friend Mr President and I have a joint position, showing that we have the will to show to the rest of the world that we will be acting as friendly countries," Erdogan says.

"The Turkish-Russian relationship will continue to improve, and we believe our relationship is much stronger than it used to be," Erdogan continues.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says mending the country's relations with Turkey is a top priority, in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Our priority for relations with Turkey is to return to the pre-crisis level of bilateral relations," Putin said.

Last update: Tue, 09/08/2016 - 17:06
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