>> Please excuse us for shooting down your war plane and killing the pilot, it was never our intention. That was the gist of a letter from Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan to Russia's Vladimir Putin. Turkish jets gunned down the Russian bomber last year near the Syrian-Turkish border. Ankara now trying to improve poisoned relations.
The Muslim nation is also courting friendship with Israel after a six year rupture.>> The ship remains in international water.>> They fell out when Israeli Marines stormed an activist ship off Gaza killing ten Turks. The charm offensive comes as Ankara’s new government, filled with Erdogan allies, reevaluates its foreign policy.
Turkey had become increasingly lonely as relations with neighbors and allies soured.
iendship with Russia could melt some of the diplomatic frostiness around the Syrian conflict. Moscow wants to prop up President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey backs the rebels trying to oust him. But, the Kremlin said Tuesday, it would take more than a few days to mend relations.