Russian, Turkish FMs hold first meet since ties repaired

Moscow—Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Saturday for the first time since Moscow and Ankara mended ties that were shattered by the downing of a Russian jet last year.
“We hope that this encounter will set the right tone for the normalization of relations,” Lavrov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency at the start of their meeting on the sidelines of a regional economic cooperation conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The encounter comes after Moscow on Thursday ended a ban on the sale of package tours to Turkey in the first step to ending broader sanctions slapped on Ankara after it shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Turkish-Syria border in November.—Agencies

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