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Putin happy that Russia, Turkey are pals again

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Russia is happy over the pace at which its interstate ties with Turkey are healing, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Moscow.

“We are very happy our inter-state relations are restoring rather quickly,” TASS Russian News Agency, in an article published online on March 10, quoted Putin as saying during a meeting with Erdogan.

Bilateral cooperation between the two countries went down with a Russian warplane that was shot by two Turkish warplanes in Syria in late 2015, according to a Sputnik International news article published online on March 10. In June 2016, Erdogan apologized over the Russian pilot’s death.

The Guardian reported last month that three Turkish soldiers were accidentally killed in Syria in a Russian airstrike, and that Putin expressed condolences in a phone call to Erdogan.