MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow sees Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s clear interest in fully restoring ties with Russia since apologizing for the downing of a Russian jet last fall, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
"We proceed from the fact that Turkey has apologized for the incident, for the death of our people. It has done it right, without any reservations, and we appreciate it. President Erdogan has done it and we see a clear interest in the Turkish president for a full-length restoration of relations with Russia," Putin said in an interview with Bloomberg.
Putin noted the countries' shared interests, including the Black Sea and the Middle East, and said he expected the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project to be implemented in the future.