Russia is expecting that Turkey will provide its excuses, explanations and compensation for the Su 24 fighter shot down above the border with Syria, Russian president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has announced today while commenting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement that he did not comprehend what Russia was waiting for from Turkey to normalize the relations between the two countries.
“I don’t think I am entitled to give advice to a president of another country, it would be incorrect, but I think it necessary to remind of numerous statements made by our president,” the Kremlin spokesman said.
Peskov noted that Vladimir Putin several days after the Russian air force pilot was killed that Moscow was expecting excuses and explanations of the accident, compensation for the fighter shot down and to the family of the killed pilot. The Russian president said then that he was sorry that Turkey had taken no action in this field.
To remind, after the attack of the Turkish air force against the Russian Su 24 fighter that killed the Russian pilot, the relations between Turkey and Russia were practically frozen. The Russian president called actions of Ankara “a stab in the back” and signed a decree on November 24, 2015, to introduce restriction measures. The Russian foreign ministry repeatedly stated that in order to restore the ties Turkey was expected to present its excuses on the governmental level and pay for the shot-down warplane.