‘The Turkey-Russia relations will improve in the near future. Our policy towards Ukraine, Crimea and Syria will not change; we do not agree Russia in these areas, but we’ll keep on discussing these issues,’ Ibrahim Kalin, press secretary of the Turkish President, told Reuters.
Previously, on June 27, the Kremlin reported that Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allegedly ‘apologized’ to his Russian counterpart Putin for the incident with downing of Russian military aircraft in November last year.
Back then, Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24 tactical bomber approached and then crossed Turkey-Syria state border; as the Russian crew ignored numerous warnings, the plane was eventually shot down by F-16 fighter of Turkish Air Force.
Erdogan’s press secretary specified that the President specified that the Turkish president only apologized to the family of the deceased Russian pilot. Nevertheless, the Kremlin reiterated that Erdogan apologized to Putin. The Turkish side published the official refutation, saying Erdogan actually expressed his condolence but he never apologized.