Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey and Russia are determined to boost ties to levels beyond what they were before last November's jet crisis. "All know that the tragic situation with the plane fell like a dark shadow on our relations," Erdogan stressed.
Economic priority of two countries will be return to $100-billion turnover. Russian president Vladimir Putin said that Moscow and Ankara wants to "turn back to before the crisis era" but warned restoring ties "needs time.
Turkey and Russia agreed on establishing a joint investment fund and boosting cooperation in the defense sector. The Turkish-Russian high-level cooperation council would also be revived as well as other previous arrangements such as visa-free travel and bilateral trade arrangements.
"We are also leaning towards establishing a Turkey-Russia-Azerbaijan trilateral summit mechanism to discuss regional issues. God willing, with the help of these steps, we will make the Ankara-Moscow axis into an axis of trust and friendship again," Erdogan noted.