Turkey proposes cooperation with Russia in fighting IS: foreign minister

July 4, 2016 9:18 AM

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Turkey proposes cooperation with Russia in fighting IS: foreign minister

ANKARA Turkey has proposed cooperating with Moscow to combat Islamic State in Syria, suggesting it could open its Incirlik Air Base to Russia - comments that highlighted a revival in ties strained by Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane last year.

Moscow pledged to rebuild relations after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan last week expressed regret over the shooting down of the aircraft, with the loss of the pilot, near the Syrian frontier. Moscow had broken off virtually all economic ties and banned tourists from visiting Turkish resorts.

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