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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a conference in Istanbul, Turkey May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he wanted to improve ties with Russia but did not understand what kind of a "first step" Moscow was expecting from Ankara, saying both sides should work together to better their relations.

Erdogan told a press conference in the Aegean city of Izmir that he was concerned at how relations had been sacrificed over what he described as a "pilot error", referring to Turkey's downing last November of a Russian fighter jet which Ankara said had strayed into Turkish airspace.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Seda Sezer; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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