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.
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.