Ankara and Moscow must jointly fight against terrorism, said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who is on a visit to Russia, Sputnik International reported Dec. 6.

Yildirim made the remarks during his talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Russia and Turkey play key roles in the fight against terrorism, said the Turkish prime minister.

“Turkey and Russia are of great importance not only in terms of the development of relations between the two countries, but also in the fight against terrorism and ensuring peace,” he noted.

He added that after tensions in bilateral relations, Ankara and Moscow will develop strategic ties between the two countries.

“The relations between the two countries have gone through a difficult time over the last year. And after this negative experience, we plan to develop our relations at a strategic level,” said Yildirim.

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The relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated sharply in late 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber with two pilots on board. In June 2016, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the death of a Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident.