Rus­sian, Turk­ish FMs hold first meet since ties re­paired

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW—Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov met his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Mev­lut Cavu­soglu on Satur­day for the first time since Moscow and Ankara mended ties that were shat­tered by the down­ing of a Rus­sian jet last year.

“We hope that this en­counter will set the right tone for the nor­mal­iza­tion of re­la­tions,” Lavrov was quoted as say­ing by TASS news agency at the start of their meet­ing on the side­lines of a re­gional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion con­fer­ence in the Black Sea re­sort of Sochi.

The en­counter comes after Moscow on Thurs­day ended a ban on the sale of pack­age tours to Turkey in the first step to end­ing broader sanc­tions slapped on Ankara after it shot down a Rus­sian fighter jet on the Turk­ish-Syria border in Novem­ber.—Agen­cies

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