Russia Expects Compensation for Downed Su-24 to Restore Ties With Turkey

© REUTERS / Sadettin MollaThe Russian Su-24 bomber crashes in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015.
The Russian Su-24 bomber crashes in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Russia expects Turkey to pay damages for downing of the Su-24 combat jet last fall in order to restore bilateral relations, Russian Ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Su-24 bomber was shot on November 24, 2015 by a Turkish F-16 fighter near the Turkish border over Syria. Following the incident, Moscow imposed a number of restrictive measures on Turkey and has repeatedly said that Ankara should apologize for downing the plane and cover any material losses to the country and the pilot's family.

"[Russian President] Vladimir Putin at the time clearly stated our position that will allow the renewal of our relationship. First is an apology, second is punishment for those responsible and third is payment. The first happened, we are waiting for the second and third to fully restore relations," Karlov told reporters.

The body of the pilot of Russia's Su-24 bomber that was shot down by Turkey last week has arrived at the Chkalovsky Airport near Moscow - Sputnik International
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On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express regret and send condolences for the November 2015 downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria by Turkey.

On Wednesday, the two leaders held a phone conversation for the first time in more than seven months. Following the talks with Erdogan, Putin ordered the government to prepare to lift administrative restrictions against Turkey in tourism field.

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