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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during the 'Welcoming Ceremony' prior to the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit in Antalya in November 2015. (Cem Oksuz/Pool via AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during the 'Welcoming Ceremony' prior to the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit in Antalya in November 2015. (Cem Oksuz/Pool via AFP)

Istanbul – Sometimes even good friends can have a bad falling out.

Ankara's downing of a Russian war plane over the Syrian border last November prompted rapid retaliation from Moscow and a bitter war of words between presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan from which there appeared no going back.

But just half a year on, Russia has accepted Ankara's expressions of regret over the incident and Erdogan will meet Putin in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday for their first summit since the crisis erupted, in the hope of reviving the relationship.

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