MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday evening, three suicide blasts rocked the Istanbul airport international terminal, leaving at least 36 people dead and 147 injured.
"The terrorist attack was directed against the attempts of the Turkish authorities to improve relations with Russia and Israel. Turkey, as it seems to be, is being warned against participation in the single anti-terrorist front that is being created first and foremost with the Russian diplomatic efforts," Kosachev said on his official Facebook account.
He expressed confidence that the tragedy will not hamper the dialogue between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan because "against all odds, today we stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey."
On Monday, Erdogan sent a letter to Putin, expressing condolences for the incident. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Turkish leader made an important step to mend ties with Russia by sending the letter. "Excuse us," Erdogan said in the letter, according to the Kremlin website.