MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish authorities should provide financial compensation for the downed Russian Su-24 military aircraft and guarantee that such incidents do not repeat, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said Wednesday.
"Instead of continuing to deny their responsibility for the incident and denigrate Russia's legitimate actions in Syria, they should at least do what is provided by international legal standards: apologize, pay for the damages and provide guarantees that this will not happen again in the future," Meshkov told RIA Novosti.
According to the deputy minister, it is clear that relations between the two countries will not be the same, "at least on the level that was reached in recent years."
Alexei Meshkov stated that NATO's stance on Turkey's downing of a Russian Su-24 military aircraft is based solely on a template of allied solidarity, and Moscow hopes the alliance will see the risks of such shortsighted policies.
"We would like to hope that the NATO leadership will fully realize the risks and negative consequences of such a shortsighted and purely conjunctural policy," he added.
Bilateral relations between Ankara and Moscow deteriorated following the downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by a Turkish F-16 fighter in Syria, on November 24.
In a response to this "stab in the back," as it was described by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow imposed a number of restrictive measures on Turkey, including import restrictions, a ban on Turkish organizations' activities in Russia and an embargo on hiring Turkish citizens in Russia.