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Russian, Turkish football teams to play friendly match in Antalya — newspaper

July 28, 15:10 UTC+3 ANKARA
According to the newspaper, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to invite Russian leader Vladimir Putin to attend the game
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Russian national football team

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ANKARA, July 28. /TASS/. The Russian and Turkish national teams will play a friendly match in Antalya at the end of August, the Milliyet newspaper writes in its online version on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, the game will take place on August 31. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to invite Russian leader Vladimir Putin to attend the game during their meeting in St. Petersburg scheduled for August 9.

It notes that this match is also aimed at restoring relations between the two countries.

On June 27, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, told reporters Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent Russian President Vladimir Putin a message in which he apologized for the downed Su-24 plane and "underscored readiness to do everything possible for restoration of the traditionally friendly relations between Turkey and Russia."

On June 29, the two presidents had a telephone conversation - first in the past seven months, where they agreed to consider a meeting. After the conversation, Putin ordered the government to begin discussions with Ankara for resuming cooperation in trade and other spheres.

The Turkish Air Force’s F-16 fighter on November 24, 2015 shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber, involved in Russia's antiterrorism operation in Syria, that Ankara claimed violated the country’s airspace on the border with Syria.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Su-24M bomber was above Syrian territory and "there was no violation of Turkey’s airspace." Pilot Oleg Peshkov was killed by militants from the ground after ejecting, the second pilot was rescued and taken to the Russian base. The incident resulted in the severing of nearly all trade and economic ties between the two countries. Ankara refused to apologize for the downed bomber and death of the pilot. Moscow put the blame for the incident on the Turkish authorities.

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