World Bulletin / News Desk
Russia's new Ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov has praised Turkey, describing the nation as friendly, hospitable and honorable.
Yerkhov replaces Andrey Karlov who was assassinated in Ankara on Dec. 19. Karlov was delivering a speech at the opening of an art gallery when an armed assailant shot him several times.
Russia announced the new envoy’s name in June; he previously headed the Foreign Ministry's Crisis Management Center.
"It is a perfect country where perfect people live. Turkish people are very good, hospitable, friendly, proud and honorable," Yerkhov told reporters in Moscow.
About the relationship between the two countries, he said Turkey will always have an important place in Russia's foreign policy.
Turkey is also a significant partner of Russia in resolving the Syrian crisis, he said.
"We continue bilateral negotiations actively” in the conflict zone, truce and other issues, he said.
Turkish-Russian relations were tested after Karlov's assassination. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the shooting a "provocation" designed to undermine bilateral ties.
Since civil war in Syria erupted in March 2011, more than 250,000 people have been killed, according to the UN. The Syrian Center for Policy Research puts the death toll at more than 470,000.
PYD/PKK terrorist group had fired 11 rockets in southern Turkey, killing Syrian national and injuring 46 others
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu holds joint news conference with Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad
President addresses massive crowd in western city of Bursa before ruling AK Party's Women Branch congress
'There is no other way to clear our borders from terror,' says Bahceli
Deadly siege of iconic hotel in Afghan capital leaves several people dead
Howitzers responded to PYD/PKK group’s harassing fire at Turkey’s border province of Kilis.
Free Syrian Army troops also entered PYD/PKK occupied areas in northern Syria
Turkish jets heard flying in southern Hatay province's Reyhanli and Kirikhan districts near Syrian border
Operation in Syria's Manbij to come next, Turkish president says
Premier Yildirim: Operation in Syria’s Afrin aims to end cruelty of PKK/PYD, ISIL terror groups in region
Terrorist organization's shelters, hideouts destroyed during Jan.19-20 strikes
Turkish religious head describes Juneidi as symbol of Palestinian heroic resistance to US Jerusalem move
Ibrahim Kalin, H.R. McMaster talk Syria, Iraq, Fetullah Terrorist Organization, according to Turkish presidential statement
Anti-terror police carries simultaneous operation in Arnavutkoy and Avcilar districts
Dozens of others injured during bus crash in central Eskisehir province