Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sit next to each other during their meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 13, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA)
Maxim A. Suchkov, Al-Monitor: Has Turkey finally made nice with Russia?
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have had their first phone conversation in seven months. After the 42-minute talk, Putin, speaking at a government session, said the pair had agreed to resume bilateral relations.
The news came just hours after Turkey suffered a terrorist attack June 28 at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. In only one day, the image of Turkey in the Russian media was transformed dramatically from “accomplices” to “victims” of terrorists.
Certainly the letter sent from Erdogan to Putin the day before gave the process a boost. The letter, with apologies for the Nov. 24 downing of a Russian warplane, was the culmination of numerous attempts by Turkish leadership to reconcile with the Kremlin. But the U-turn in Russian rhetoric and policies is even more amazing, taking into account the reaction that letter first spurred — ranging from victorious bravado to restrained contentment.
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