BERLIN (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg for the first talks to reset bilateral relations after the November 2015 downing of a Russian aircraft by Turkey.
"We welcome the fact that after months of tensions the two countries are seeking rapprochement," Chebli told reporters.
"We think it is obvious that this [meeting] is not directed against Europe… the desire for rapprochement with Russia does not mean cessation of further cooperation with Europe. We need Turkey and Turkey needs us, we have a lot of common interests," Chebli added.
During the meeting, Putin and Erdogan agreed on a series of measures to boost economic and other ties between Russia and Turkey and to return to cooperation at the pre-crisis level.