Turkish President Recep Erdogan's message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that offered an apology for the attack on a Russian plane over Syria is an important step towards normalizing bilateral relations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
However, a great deal will have to be done in order to fully restore relations, he told reporters on June 28.
"By sending a message to Putin from President Erdogan, an important step was made towards normalizing relations," Peskov said.
"Certainly, we will have to jointly take more than one step in each other's direction. One should not think that it will be possible to normalize everything over several days," he said.
"The Russian side and President Putin pursue a very consistent stance. President Putin has more than once spoken about his wish to maintain good relations with Turkey, as well as about the need for conditions that should be created for their normalization," Peskov said.
"A very important step has now been taken in this direction," the Kremlin spokesman said.
"The work on this issue [to restore relations between Russia and Turkey] will continue," he said.
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