Russia, Turkey agree in Tashkent talks to normalise ties: report

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev review a honour guard in Ankara, on August 5, 2016Russia and Turkey clinched a deal to normalise relations in secret talks in the Uzbek capital Tashkent following mediation by figures including a prominent Turkish businessman and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, a report said Tuesday. Ankara and Moscow in late June agreed to mend ties that had been severely damaged by Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian plane over the Syrian border in November. In a sign both sides are intent on improving relations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday heads to Saint Petersburg for his first talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin since the crisis.

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