The Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim refused to pay compensation for the Russian Su-24 bomber downed by Turkish fighters.
In response to the question whether the money is going to be paid, he replied: “No, nothing like that. We only express our sorrow, we share the grief.”
On June 28, Yildirim in an interview with the TV channel TRT said that Turkey is ready to pay compensation to Russia, “if necessary.”
The press secretary of Russian president Dmitry Peskov said that Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 29 will hold a telephone conversation initiated by the Russian side. Yildirim said that the conversation will take place on June 29 or 30.
- On June 27, Dmitry Peskov said that Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent Vladimir Putin a letter of apology for the downed Su-24. The Turkish side insists that the letter contained only regrets, but no apologies.
- Russian Su-24, that was carrying out a combat mission in Syria, was shot down by Turkish fighters on November 24, 2015. The pilot of the bomber was killed, the navigator managed to escape. A Russian marine died during the rescue operation.
- The crash of the Su-24 has caused a break in relations between Russia and Turkey. In particular, Russia abolished the visa-free regime, and imposed a ban on imports of Turkish food products. Putin has repeatedly said that relationships can be restored only if Turkey apologizes, pays compensation, and brings to justice those who is responsible for the deaths of Russians.