"We had no intentions of downing the Russian jet. We expect that our relations with Russia will be improved in the near future. Neither Russia, nor Turkey can sacrifice them. Between [our] two countries there are no problems which one cannot solve," Kurtulmus said at a briefing in Ankara.
Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated following the downing of a Russian Su-24 aircraft by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syria on November 24, 2015.
Earlier on Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu proposed creating a joint working group on normalizing relations with Russia.