June 29, 2016 / 9:59 AM / 3 years ago

Erdogan's phone call with Putin 'very productive': Turkish presidential sources

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses a news conference at State House in Nairobi, Kenya June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday was “very productive and positive”, Turkish presidential sources said, adding that a written statement would be made shortly.

The phone call was arranged after Erdogan expressed regret in a letter to Putin on Monday over Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane last year, although the Kremlin later sought to dampen Turkey’s hopes for a swift restoration of normal relations.

Reporting by Dasha Afanasieva; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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