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

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

Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:29pm EDT

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.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the two countries would exchange ambassadors as soon as possible. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal would have "immense implications" for the Israeli economy.

The Kremlin meanwhile said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had apologized to Vladimir Putin over last year's shooting down of a Russian air force jet by Turkey's military, opening the way for Russia to lift economic sanctions.

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