Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Paris climate conference, as the dispute rages over Ankara’s downing of a Russian warplane.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists: “No meeting with Erdogan is planned. There is no discussion of such a meeting”
Putin’s snub comes as the body of the pilot killed when Ankara downed Moscow’s warplane, was flown home on Monday.
Yahoo news reports:
Turkish authorities, meanwhile, again pledged not to apologise over last Tuesday’s downing of the Russian jet as Moscow rolled out its sanctions aimed at exacting economic revenge on Ankara.
Putin and Erdogan have been locked in a furious war of words since the incident and the Kremlin strongman rejected the Turkish leader’s offer of face-to-face talks on the sidelines of a climate conference in the French capital.