States Unfriendly to Turkey Dissatisfied With Ankara-Moscow Thaw

© AP Photo / Burhan OzbiliciJustice Minister Bekir Bozdag speaks during a special session of the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag speaks during a special session of the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Turkish Justice Minister said Wednesday that several states were currently dissatisfied with the political rapprochement between Russia and Turkey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, September 23, 2015 - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday that a number of states were currently dissatisfied with the Moscow-Ankara political rapprochement, although previously, these states had criticized the bilateral Turkey-Russia tensions, which means they are hostile to Turkey.

"Of course, every state tries to defend its interests. It is normal from the point of view of international law. Turkey seeks to reduce the rate of tensions and develop neighborly relations…It is interesting that those who yesterday criticized worsening of relations of Turkey with Russia and Israel, today criticize the normalization process. It means that the emphasis is made on a maximum damage for Ankara," Bozdag said, as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

Bozhag noted that the normalization of the Russia-Turkey relations was profitable for both sides.

On June 27, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a letter addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, apologized for the downing of a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft by a Turkish jet in November 2015 and extended his condolences to the family of the pilot killed in the incident. Earlier this week, Erdogan and Putin had a phone conversation during which they agreed to hold a personal meeting later this year.

By doing so Ankara fulfilled one of the conditions put forward by Moscow following the incident that paralyzed the long-term partnership between the two countries.

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