Putin - Erdogan meeting in Moscow termed landmark

Shares
Putin - Erdogan meeting in Moscow termed landmark

MOSCOW (APP): Russian media hailed President Vladimir Putin's landmark meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a major breakthrough Wednesday after relations between their countries collapsed when Ankara downed a Russian jet in November.

They "decided to turn the tragic page," wrote pro-Kremlin daily Izvestia, which noted that neither of the men referred directly to the downing of the plane.

"Russia and Turkey have forgotten all their grievances," wrote Vedomosti business daily, which reported that the agreements reached between Moscow and Ankara on trade, energy and tourism did not extend to the conflict in Syria -- which is now the "only unresolved problem".

"They listened and restored (relations)," wrote Kommersant business daily on its front page.

The encounter forced Erdogan to try to appease Putin as the Russian strongman showed steely body language, Russian media reported.

"The Russian president listened to Erdogan attentively but did not react visibly to his words. The Turkish president... tried to smile but it was noticeable that he was nervous. Putin on the contrary kept his cool," wrote Kommersant.