Erdogan-Putin meeting in Paris possible: Turkish presidency

Updated: 2015-11-27 19:46


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ANKARA -- A meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the coming climate summit in Paris on later this month is possible, but no time has been set for a bilateral meeting at the moment, said Turkish presidential sources on Friday.

Erdogan had requested a meeting with his Russian counterpart Putin in Paris, Russia said on Friday.

"A proposal from the Turkish side about a meeting at the level of heads of state has been delivered to the president," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.

Ties between Moscow and Ankara have seen unprecedented level of tensions after the latter downed a Russian warplane on Tuesday over airspace violation claims.

Speaking to France 24 news channel on Thursday, President Erdogan said he has called Putin, but the Russian President did not return his phone call.

Turkey's downing of a Russian Su-24 warplane has dealt a "devastating" blow to the bilateral ties between Russia and Turkey, Kremlin said Thursday.

"It will be very difficult to mend bilateral relations after such quite devastating damage. It is a too serious incident that serious consequences are unavoidable... and we are still waiting for realistic explanations from the Turkish side," Peskov said.