Erdogan invites Russian Putin to conference in Turkey

Russian Prime Minister Putin expressed his sorrow over killing of nine people during the raid.

Erdogan invites Russian Putin to conference in Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia on phone under his talks with world leaders following Israeli forces' raid on a convoy of six aid ships which resulted in killing of nine Turkish activitists.

Prime Minister Erdogan said that it was an international aid convoy including activists from 32 countries.

"There were women and the elderly, and volunteers from three faiths on board the ships. It is impossible to accept such an interception," he said.

Russian Prime Minister Putin expressed his sorrow over killing of nine people during the raid.

He called on everyone not to escalate tension in the Middle East, adding that they were in favor of lifting of embargo on Gaza.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Erdogan invited his Russian counterpart to the conference on "Cooperation in Asia and Confidence-Building Measures" in Istanbul on June 8.

Prime Minister Putin accepted the invitation and the two leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the conference.

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