MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Kremlin is withholding the details of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Turkey last month, Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said Friday.
"The issue is very sensitive. The president said what he wanted to say [at Thursday’s press conference], I would not even want to expand on this point," Ushakov told reporters. "It was a subject of bilateral discussions in Antalya and was ‘tete-a-tete,’ so to speak."
Speaking at an annual press conference on Thursday, Putin said Moscow was ready to cooperate with Ankara on issues that are sensitive for Turkey. Ankara could have raised its questions regarding the situation on the Syrian border through existing channels before shooting down the Russian plane, he noted.
Russia’s relations with Turkey have suffered considerably in the wake of the first incident in decades involving a NATO ally downing a Russian aircraft.