Russia’s Vladimir Putin sent Friday New Year greetings to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying, Ankara and Moscow will continue working together on “critical issues on the regional and international agenda.”
Kremlin said in a statement on its website that Putin sent Christmas and New Year messages to the foreign heads of states, governments and international organizations.
Russian president is confident that the two countries “will continue to productively work together to strengthen bilateral ties and will actively cooperate in addressing critical issues on the regional and international agenda in the interest of both nations and in line with ensuring security and stability in Eurasia.”
Turkey and the Russia will act as guarantor countries in support of the nationwide cease-fire agreed by the Assad regime and the main Syrian opposition groups and started last night at midnight.
Putin said on Dec. 23 that Russia, Turkey and Iran had agreed to an earlier proposal to bring together representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition in Kazakhstan.
In his New Year message, Putin “noted with satisfaction that following a difficult period in relations between Russia and Turkey, the sides were able to begin the process of gradual normalization and restoration of all cooperation in the political, economic, humanitarian, scientific, technical and other areas.”
Relations between Ankara and Moscow soured after the downing of a Russian jet that violated Turkey’s airspace on the Syrian border in November 2015.
The issue seemed largely resolved on June 29 through a letter and subsequent telephone calls between the countries’ leaders.
Putin gave his support to Turkey during the July 15 coup attempt and said he stood by the elected government in Ankara, offering his condolences to the victims of what Erdogan called the “most heinous” armed coup attempt in modern Turkish history.
Reporting by Hakan Ceyhan Aydogan in Moscow
Writing by Handan Kazanci