Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in St Petersburg in a bid to “reset” ties with Russia in talks with President Vladimir Putin.
Turkey has been enmeshed in the labyrinth of commotion in its foreign and domestic politics, after the near-disastrous coup attempt on 15 July.
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The relationship between the two nations was plunged into crisis last November when Turkey shot down a Russian military jet on the Syrian border.
After Turkey shot down the Su-24 jet in November, Russia imposed trade sanctions and suspended Russian package tours to Turkey.
The visit comes as Turkey’s ties with the West have cooled over criticism of a crackdown on alleged coup-plotters.
Before embarking on the trip to Russia, Mr Erdogan had referred to President Putin as his “friend” and said he wanted to open a new page in relations with Russia.
“This visit strikes me as a new milestone in our bilateral relations, starting again from a clean slate,” Mr Erdogan told Russia’s Tass news agency.