Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has mended fences with Russian President Vladimir Putin over hostilities caused by the death of a Russian pilot of the Su-24 bomber
shot down by Turkey in November last year.
According to the Kremlin, Tayyip Erdogan today (Monday), expressed his deep regret over the incident and underlines the willingness to do everything possible to restore the traditionally friendly relations between Turkey and Russia.
In a message to Putin, Erdogan said Ankara has no desire to worsen its relationship with Moscow, which he sees as Turkey's "friend and strategic partner," and called for joint
efforts to solve the crisis in the region and to fight terrorism. Erdogan said Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into the death of the Russian pilot, adding that a
Turkish citizen suspected of complicity in the case is under investigation.
The Turkish president also expressed his sympathy and condolences to the family of the deceased Russian pilot, Oleg Peshkov.
Relations between Russia and Turkey had soured after the
latter downed the Russian bomber near the Turkish-Syrian
border for alleged airspace violation, which Russia denied
and considered as a hostile act.