Turkish president holds talks in St Petersburg with Russian counterpart, thanking him for support in wake of last month’s coup attempt
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a clear-the-air summit in St Petersburg on Tuesday, the first time the pair have met since they fell out over the Russian fighter jet downed by the Turkish air force last November. After more than three hours of talks, the two leaders promised to return their economic relations to “pre-crisis” levels and attempt to put the bad blood of the past nine months behind them.
The Russian and Turkish presidents hold a press conference after a summit in St Petersburg on Tuesday, which marked their first meeting since a Russian fighter jet was shot down by the Turkish air force in November last year, straining relations between the countries. Both Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agree that ties between the two countries must be strengthened to ‘pre-crisis levels’
St Petersburg visit could lead to closer ties with Russia as Turkish president criticises west’s response to failed coup
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are due to meet face to face for the first time since the Turkish air force shot down a Russian plane last November. The incident led to a breakdown in relations between the countries and their leaders.
Last November, a day after Turkish jets shot down a Russian Su-24 along the Syrian border, an angry Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out, calling the incident “a stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices.”