A bilateral meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, planned for December 15 in St. Petersburg, was cancelled, said the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today.
“It won’t happen, it’s not planned,” – Peskov said of the summit when asked about it by reporters on Dec. 14.
The meeting was scheduled in Turkey on the sidelines of a G-20 summit last month, before Turkish Air Forces shot down Russian Su-24 for violating Turkish air space on November 24.
After that the relations between two countries sharply deteriorated.
He called Turkish actions “a stab in the back”, caused by “accomplices of terrorism”.
Moscow also imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, and Putin, clearly referring to Turkish forces, ordered the Russian armed forces last Friday to “shoot down immediately any target” which threatens Russian troops or infrastructure in Syria.