Turkey seeks to mend fences with Israel, Russia in foreign policy reset

June 27, 2016 5:12 PM

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ISTANBUL/MOSCOW/JERUSALEM Turkey announced the restoration of diplomatic ties with Israel after a six-year rupture and expressed regret to Russia over the downing of a warplane on Monday, seeking to mend strained alliances and ease a sense of isolation on the world stage.

The deal with Israel after years of negotiation was a rare rapprochement in the divided Middle East, driven by the prospect of lucrative Mediterranean gas deals as well as mutual fears over growing security risks.

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