Turkey Begs Putin For Forgiveness

Turkey's Erdogan begs Putin for forgiveness

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has written a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking for his forgiveness. 

Erdogan told Putin he wished to reiterate his wish to restore relations with Russia, on Sunday’s Russia Day.

Zee News reports:

“On behalf of the Turkish people, I congratulate all Russians on the occasion of the Russia Day, and wish that in the time ahead the relations between Russia and Turkey reach their well-deserved level,” Xinhua quoted RIA Novosti news agency as saying on Tuesday.

Relations between Russia and Turkey have soured after the latter downed a Russian Su-24 bomber near the Turkish-Syrian border in November last year for alleged airspace violation, which Russia denied and took as a hostile act.

Putin described the attack as a “stab in the back” and ordered a broad range of economic sanctions against Turkey.

Ankara did not take retaliatory measures, in a bid to avoid the escalation of the already tense situation. But it did not shy away from resorting to harsh diatribe against Russia.