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Turkey's ruling Ak Party (AKP) Deputy Chairman responsible for Economic Affairs Numan Kurtulmus talks to foreign media in Ankara January 21, 2014. Picture taken January 21. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Russia and Turkey do not have insurmountable problems, Turkey's deputy prime minister said on Monday, adding he thinks ties with Russia will be fixed in a "short while".

Numan Kurtulmus, a deputy prime minister and the government spokesman, also told a news conference that neither country could afford to sacrifice its relationship with the other.

Relations between the two soured after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane over Syria last year.

(Reporting by Ercan Gurses and Ece Toksabay; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Humeyra Pamuk)

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