Moscow says rift between Russia, Turkey is temporary

Russian foreign ministry says breakdown in relations between Turkey and Russia is temporary

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Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova speaks during a press briefing at the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russiaon March 24, 2016.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that the breakdown in relations between Turkey and Russia is temporary.

In a radio interview, Maria Zakharova was asked if the row between Moscow and Ankara was temporary. “Certainly,” she replied.

The diplomatic crisis emerged between Ankara and Moscow last November after a Russian jet that violated Turkey’s airspace was shot down by Turkey in accordance with the country’s rules of engagement.

Russia imposed sanctions on Turkey’s food products and tourism industry, ending visa-free entry for Turkish citizens.

In addition, the Turkish Stream, a natural gas pipeline project between the two countries, has been shelved by the Turkish government as Moscow has not fulfilled Ankara’s core demands regarding the pipeline.

The existing disagreement worsened following the start of the high-level Russian military intervention into the Syrian conflict, which has been strongly protested by the US, Turkey and the NATO alliance.

The ministry’s statement came after Russia opened up flights to Turkey’s southern resort of Antalya following a ban imposed in the wake of the shooting down of the Russian warplane.

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