On Monday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said ‘Turkey is ready “if necessary” to pay compensation to Russia after it shot down one of Moscow’s military jets over Syria in November’.
Speaking to the public TV network TRT just hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made an attempt at trying to reconcile with Moscow, Yildirim said, “We have said that if necessary we are ready to pay compensation.”
The Prime Minister also denoted that Erodogan is scheduled to meet with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin either on Wednesday or Thursday to discuss how to re-establish relations between the two countries which support different parties in the Syrian conflict.
Turkey is supporting rebels fighting to unseat Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, while Moscow remaining allies with Al-Assad.
“I think we have reached an understanding on this affair. We will put this incident behind us and continue on our path.” Yildirim asserted.
The incident which ruined ties between the two countries involved Turkey refusing to apologize over the alleged “planned provocation” Russia accused Turkey of when a Soviet plane ‘strayed into its airspace and ignored repeated warnings’.
On Monday, Turkey went on an ambassadorial mission to increase its hold in the area, welcoming a deal with Israel in efforts to re-establish peaceful relations with Russia.
Erdogan said at a dinner to break the Ramadan fast on Monday night that he hoped for a “quick” normalization in ties with Moscow.
Turkish executives said that Erdogan had written to Putin to “express his regrets” and did not explicitly confirm he had said sorry.
The minor conflicts between the two countries happen as Turkey established a policy called “zero problems with neighbors” after a series of political crunches with its adversary Assad still seated in power.
Russia also said that the Russian President had apologized to Putin over the sinking of the soviet aircraft on Turkey’s border with Syria.