Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow is making “sincere efforts” to restore all ties with Turkey, which he described as a “friend,” following months of diplomatic tension.
He also added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent visit to Russia showed both sides’ desire to carry on a comprehensive work to revive bilateral relations.
Putin thanked Nazarbayev for his behind-the-scenes efforts to help mend Turkey-Russia relations, about which Nazarbayev expressed his appreciation.
Ties between the two countries soured after the downing of a Russian jet that violated Turkey’s airspace on the Syrian border in November 2015.
The issue started to be resolved on June 29 through a letter and subsequent telephone calls between the countries’ leaders.
Putin subsequently gave his support to Turkey over the July 15 failed coup attempt, saying he stood by the elected government, offering his condolences to the victims of what Erdoğan called the “most heinous” armed coup attempt in modern Turkish history.
On July 22, Russia also lifted restrictions on flights to Turkey, which had been implemented temporarily following the coup attempt, after Turkish officials assured their Russian counterparts that additional security measures were being taken.