Turkey says no compensation for Russian air violation

Turkish Foreign Ministry says Turkey refuses to pay compensation to Russia for downing warplane which violated its air space

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanju Bilgic said on Wednesday that "It is not possible to meet Russia’s demand for compensation" over the shooting down of  a Russian warplane by Turkish jets on Nov. 24 for violating the country's air space despite several warnings.

The comments by Bilgic came soon after Moscow's deputy foreign minister Alexey Meshkov said that Turkey should pay compensation for shooting down the plane near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Russia also asked Turkey to guarantee that a similar incident won't happen in the future.

In response, Bilgic said a similar crisis would not occur if Russia does not violate engagement rules.

Bilgic also said, "Turkey is not acting in an aggressive way towards Russian military targets and our main hope is not to escalate tensions."

The relations between the two countries have been tense since the downing of a Russian warplane.

Russia has imposed many economic sanctions on Turkey and warned against Russians visiting the country on holiday.

Most recently, a Russian destroyer named Smetlivy reportedly fired shots at a Turkish fishing boat on Monday in the Aegean Sea, close to the Greek island of Lemnos, after which the Putin administration summoned Ankara’s military attache in Moscow.

TRTWorld and agencies