Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
28th December, 2015
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a resonant statement aimed at Russia. According to the Turkish leader, Ankara supports the early establishment of relations with Moscow and is ready to do everything to make it possible. The corresponding statement was made by Erdogan during an interview to the channel 'Al Arabiya', reports Ren TV.
The head of Turkey openly expressed a desire to return to the old friendship with Russia. He stressed that the states in the last ten years have become significantly closer, and despite the cooling, work continues in the fields of trade and economy.
We don't want our relationship to move in a negative direction, so it is necessary to reconstruct it within the framework of diplomacy, the Turkish leader said.
At the end of his speech, Erdogan added that Ankara is not seeking to make enemies, and is ready to make friends. It should be noted that the tension in relations between Russia and Turkey developed after the incident with the Su-24, which was attacked by the Turkish Airforce for an alleged violation of their airspace.