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    A simple apology from Turkey for downing a Russian Su-24 aircraft is unlikely to solve the problems in the two countries' bilateral relations, Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian-Turkish relations deteriorated following the downing of the Russian Su-24 bomber by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet over Syria on November 24, 2015. Moscow imposed a number of restrictive measures on Turkey in response to what Russian President Vladimir Putin classified a "stab in the back."

    Russia's retaliatory measures against Ankara include, in particular, restrictions on the activities of Turkish organizations in Russia, prohibiting Russian employers from hiring Turkish citizens and a ban on certain food imports, including oranges, tangerines, tomatoes, apples, peaches, strawberries and most poultry products.

    "When such situations appear, one must, first and foremost, sit down at the negotiating table… This is not a situation that can be solved by apologizing. These are matters that need to be solved at the negotiating table. Let's sit down, discuss, it will be clear in the end, there will be some kind of result that we can work on," Yardim told reporters.

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