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    Speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko said that a letter of apology sent by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Russian President Vladimir Putin may become basis for a thaw in bilateral relations and gradual restoration of Russian-Turkish ties.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A letter of apology sent by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Russian President Vladimir Putin may serve as a basis for a gradual restoration of relations between Russia and Turkey, Speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko said Monday.

    "It is a pity that the apology came rather late, but, as they say, better late than never…Nevertheless, this letter may become basis for a thaw [in bilateral relations] and gradual restoration of Russian-Turkish ties," Matvienko said.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier on Monday that Putin had received a letter from  Erdoğan expressing condolences over the death of a pilot in the downing of a Russian combat plane by a Turkish fighter jet last year and voicing Ankara's readiness to resolve the current bilateral crisis.

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