The foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Russia has ceased to act emotionally after the incident with marketable su-24, and this, according to him, is a positive signal. Such a statement the Turkish foreign Ministry voiced Thursday in an interview with Turkish channel A Haber.
“At first, after shoot down Russian plane, Russia acted very emotionally, but now she began to behave more consciously. This signal improvement <…>. We didn’t want their plane was shot down, but there are requirements for protection of air space. We expressed our condolences at the highest level,” said Cavusoglu (quoted by TGRT Haber). “And if Russia will take steps in the near future, we normalize our relations,” he added.
Cavusoglu also noted that the measures taken by Russia against Turkey, including Turkish businessmen and students, after the incident with su-24 — “not humane”. “Despite all this, Turkey remains the only NATO country that does not support sanctions against Russia”, – said the head of the Turkish foreign Ministry. “Moscow needs to understand that,” he added.
Relations between Russia and Turkey worsened when, in November last year the Turkish air force has shot down a Russian su-24 bomber who took part in operations in Syria. In the death of the pilot Oleg Peshkov. Ankara explained its actions by the fact that the Russian plane had violated the country’s airspace. Moscow the fact of violation of the border denies. After the disaster, su-24, Russia imposed sanctions against Turkey.