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Putin: A lot must be done before ties with Turkey fully normalized

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sun / 4 September 2016 / 10:21

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin said a lot of ground must be covered until relations between Moscow and Ankara are fully healed.

Relations between Russia and Turkey soured after Turkey downed a Russian jet close to the Syrian border in 2015.

"There is still a lot to do in order to completely re-establish cooperation in all areas," said Putin following a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the southern Chinese city of Hangzhou on Saturday ahead of a G20 summit.

"We see that Turkey is going through hard times; we are pleased that the political situation is returning to normal. We are aware that the country is fighting against terror and facing serious threats," he added.

Turkey has been plagued by a series of terrorist attacks over the last few years and recently foiled a coup attempt. It has also launched an incursion into the Syrian territory, where it claims is battling the Daesh terrorist group and Kurdish militants, presstv reported.

Putin went on to stress that "once the normalization is fully achieved, we will be able to move forward more quickly."

On November 24, Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber claiming that had entered Turkish airspace. At the time Putin referred to the incident as a "stab in the back" and imposed a series of economic sanctions on Ankara. Relations started to pick up after Erdogan apologized, "issuing deep regret."

In his turn, Erdogan noted that "certain measures" would be carried by both countries to forward normalization of ties.

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