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    Turkish Delegates Glad to Visit Crimea Amid Thaw in Moscow-Ankara Relations

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    Turkish delegation, comprising over 20 lawmakers and business representatives, is glad to visit Crimea as relations between Moscow and Ankara continue to warm after the incident with a Russian Su-24 plane, Hasan Cengiz, the head of the delegation, said Wednesday.

    SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) — The delegation of 27 people includes representatives of various business circles as well as Mehmet Mutlu, the adviser of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The visit was organized by the leader of the International Eurasian Movement, Alexandre Dugin.

    “Very glad to come to Crimea after a crisis with plane in March,” Cengiz, who is also the head of the Eurasian Development Platform, told journalists upon his arrival in Simferopol.

    He added that the delegation intended to meet with the Crimean Tatar minority, living on the peninsula.

    On November 24, 2015, Turkey downed a Russian Su-24 plane, with two pilots on board, over Syria. Following the incident, relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated, with Moscow demanding that Ankara apologize for downing the plane and cover any associated material losses to the country and the pilot's family.

    In June, following Turkey's apology to Russia for the November incident, the sides began a reconciliation process.

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