Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Kremlin regrets Erdogan’s official letter to Putin lacks "substantive moments".

Kremlin regrets Erdogan’s official letter to Putin lacks "substantive moments". (Tass).

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed regret on Wednesday that the official letter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin on occasion of Russia Day had no substantive issues.

"This is a protocol message. Traditionally, an exchange of such messages comes on occasion of national days. This is a protocol and ordinary practice in international relations. Unfortunately, it had no substantive moments," Peskov told reporters.

After relations between Turkey and Russia deteriorated, Ankara sometimes continues sending such protocol messages, "this depends on the situation," Peskov added. This was Turkey’s first official letter after the attack on the Russian warplane, he said.

According to the spokesman Moscow’s conditions for settling problems in Russian-Turkish relations are very simple and clear.

"President Putin made it very clear that after the incident (the attack on Russia’s Sukhoi-24 plane) any normalization of relations looks impossible to Russia without Ankara taking the necessary action," he said.

Asked if he was referring to Turkey’s official apologies and the payment of compensations, Peskov replied, "Yes, of course!"

"The Russian president stated that unequivocally, not in a roundabout way, but very unambiguously, laconically and clearly," he recalled. Read the full story here.

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