14:02 Jun. 1, 2016
Moscow says, relations won't impove until Ankara pays compensation for shooting down Russian jet
Turkey must apologise for shooting down the Russian fighter jet in November, 2015. Moscow also wants financial compensation from Ankara. Only then the two countries could return to normal relations.
This is reported by the President Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, according to UNIAN.
"Our President said, after such aggressive and treacherous actions, our country is expecting apologies, an explanation, a compensation for the jet itself, the pilot's family must also get a compensation. Our position has been repeatedly elaborated by many Russian officials, including the President", Peskov said.
His speech was a response to a recent statement, made by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Earlier Erdogan said he didn't understand what "first step" Russia wanted from him. He claimed Moscow itself had sacrificed the relations with Ankara over a "pilot's mistake".
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"We are not the country which is sitting in the "guilty chair". We don't want to quarrel with Russia. But when such a big country like Turkey is sacrificed over a pilot's mistake, it makes you think", Erdogan underlined.
The relations between the countries went sour on November 24, 2015, when Russian fighter jet Fencer (NATO reporting name) was downed by the Turkish aircraft over Latakia, Syrian city. Turkish military officials claimed that the Russian plane violated the airspace of Turkey while conducting its military operation in Syria.