Turkish president Recep Tayip Ergodan is meeting with Vladimir Putin in hopes of turning a fresh page in the two countries’ relations. It is their first meeting since Turkey downed a Russian bomber over Syria last November. “Your visit, which comes amid a very complicated situation in Turkey, indicates that all of us want to revive our dialogue and restore relations for the sake of the Turkish and Russian peoples,” President Putin said, greeting Erdogan in St. Petersburg. (Russia Today)
Erdoğan expressed happiness over Russia’s high-level phone call after the coup attempt. The president said a very different and positive process has begun in bilateral relations. (Hurriyet news)
As Turkey’s relations with traditional NATO allies such as the United States and Europe are starting to show increasing strain amid Ankara’s sweeping crackdown, the Turkish president appears to be turning to Russia for support. (Deutsche Welle)
“Turkey needed to restore economic and trade ties to Russia. Turkey needs Russian tourists to flow back to the Turkish resorts. Turkey also needs Russia to try to restore some of the lost influence it once had in Syria,” Fadi Hakura, Turkey specialist at the Chatham House think tank in London told CNN.
There were already signs of the thaw on Monday, as Turkish authorities unblocked the website of the Sputnik news agency, a Kremlin-funded news service. The agency had its website blocked by Turkey’s communications regulator and its bureau chief was deported from Turkey in April. (Guardian)