Putin to visit Turkey for friendship match

24 August 2016 16:58 (UTC+04:00)

By Amina Nazarli

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey to watch a football match between Russian and Turkish teams on August 31 in southern Turkish city of Antalya.

The visit to take place at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will also attend the friendship match held prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The media reported that this step will help repair the strained bilateral ties after the jet-downing incident in November, 2015.

The two countries began last month to take positive measures to restore the relations, which have been improved since Turkish President Erdogan visited Russia earlier in August. If the trip takes place, it will be the first visit of Putin to Turkey after the restoration of relations.

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