Putin Snubs Erdogan Meet at Paris Climate Conference
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the climate conference in Paris Monday, the Kremlin said, as a dispute rages over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane.
"No meeting with Erdogan is planned. There is no discussion of such a meeting," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
Putin's snub comes after the Turkish leader called for face-to-face talks with Putin on the sidelines of the summit to discuss the shooting down of the plane on the Syria-Turkish border, AFP reported.
Peskov said Putin was likely to talk to US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the summit.
Moscow and Ankara are at daggers drawn over the incident last Tuesday, with Russia announcing a raft of economic sanctions against Turkey and the two leaders engaging in a furious war of words.
Ankara Monday sent back to Russia the body of a pilot killed in the downing of the jet after it was delivered from Syria to Turkey over the weekend.
Putin is likely to meet US President Barack Obama for informal talks on the margins of the climate conference in Paris, the Kremlin said.
World leaders are gathering in Paris for an historic summit aimed at ending decades of political gridlock and forging an elusive agreement to avert calamitous global warming.