Tense relations between Ankara and Moscow looked to be easing Monday after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for having downed a Russian military jet near the Syrian border last November.
In a letter sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Erdogan "expressed deep regret for what happened," a Kremlin press release explained on Monday.
"We never had the desire or deliberate intention of shooting down the Russian Federation's plane," Erdogan wrote, saying judicial investigations were underway against the Turkish citizen said to be involved in the pilot's death.
A spokesperson for President Erdogan confirmed a letter had been sent to Putin, according to Reuters.
The months-old spat saw Russia restrict tourism, clamp down on agricultural imports and set stringent visa limits in the days after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border on November 24, killing one of the two pilots on board. It came shortly after Russia launched its military intervention in September amid Syria's years-long civil war.