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Putin and Erdogan Will Not Meet in Paris ?€” Peskov

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends the opening session of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, Nov. 30, 2015. Christian Hartmann / Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan will not meet in Paris, where they are both currently attending a summit on climate change, Russian media reported Monday, citing Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“There are no plans to meet Erdogan [in Paris], there are no talks about such a meeting. There will be no such meeting,” Peskov was cited by the TASS state-owned news agency as saying Monday.

An unidentified Turkish official confirmed to Reuters on Monday that there will be no meeting, the RBC news agency reported.

Last week, a Russian Su-24 military plane was downed by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 interceptor near the Turkish-Syrian border. Commenting on the incident, the Russian president said it would affect relations between the two countries.

Erdogan tried to contact Putin after the incident, but a conversation between the two did not take place, Peskov said last week.

?€?It was 7-8 hours after the incident, not earlier. The president was informed of this request,?€? Peskov was cited by the RIA Novosti state-owned news agency as saying. He added that the president was also informed that Erdogan requested a meeting with him in Paris on Nov. 30.

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