Thursday, June 30 2016 12:50 EEST
Long parting: Putin and Erdogan agree to meet
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Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to some sources in Erdogan's administration, the conversation was 'very productive and positive.'

It lasted forty minutes. An official statement is expected to be made later.

The Turkish leader’s office said that Erdogan and Putin had agreed to hold a private meeting.

It also became known that Russia is to lift anti-Turkish travel sanctions.

The last time the two leaders spoke was last November. They met during the summit of the Big Twenty in Antalya. Just a few days later, a Turkish jet shot down Russia's Su-24 bomber over Syria. According to Erdogan, he tried to call Putin immediately after the incident, but he did not answer.

Earlier this week, Erdogan sent a letter to Putin, where he allegedly apologized for the downed Su-24.

As reported earlier by, Erdogan explains his letter to Putin.

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