Putin, Erdogan to Hold Phone Talk Wednesday

© Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Go to the mediabankPresident Vladimir Putin meets with President of Turkey Recep Erdogan
President Vladimir Putin meets with President of Turkey Recep Erdogan - Sputnik International
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a phone conversation on Wednesday, pushed by the Russian side.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a phone talk on Wednesday, initiated by Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

"Of course, we will need to take more than one step in each other's direction, one shouldn't think that everything can be normalized in a few days, but work on this will continue. In particular, tomorrow, a phone call between President Putin and President Erdogan will be held at Russia's initiative," Peskov told reporters.

December 1, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the concluding news conference in Ankara - Sputnik International
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On Monday, the Kremlin's press office published a statement saying that Erdogan had sent a letter to Putin saying he was interested in resolving the conflict triggered by the 2015 Turkish downing of a Russian jet in Syria and offering condolences to the family of the killed pilot.

Turkish-Russian relations deteriorated after a Turkish F-16 fighter shot down the Russian Su-24 combat jet near the Turkish border in Syria on November 24, 2015. The jet was carrying out anti-terrorist operations in Syria. The crew of the plane ejected and one of the pilots, Oleg Peshkov, was killed by ground fire, while the second pilot survived.

Following the incident, Moscow imposed a number of restrictive measures on Turkey and has repeatedly said that Ankara should apologize for downing the plane and cover any material losses to the country and the pilot's family.

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