Turkey ready to pay Rus­sia com­pen­sa­tion over downed jet: PM

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

ANKARA—Turkey is ready “if nec­es­sary” to pay com­pen­sa­tion to Rus­sia af­ter it shot down one of Moscow’s mil­i­tary jets over Syria in Novem­ber, Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim has said.

“We have said that if nec­es­sary we are ready to pay com­pen­sa­tion,” Yildirim told pub­lic TV net­work TRT late Mon­day, hours af­ter Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan reached out a con­cil­ia­tory hand to Moscow over the in­ci­dent that shat­tered ties be­tween the two na­tions.

He also in­di­cated that Er­do­gan would speak with his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Vladimir Putin on Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day over how to re­build ties be­tween the two na­tions, which back op­po­site sides in the Syr­ian war.

“I think we have reached an un­der­stand­ing on this af­fair. We will put this in­ci­dent be­hind us and con­tinue on our path,” Yildirim said.

Turkey had pre­vi­ously re­fused to apol­o­gise over the in­ci­dent, in­sist­ing the Rus­sian plane strayed into its airspace and ig­nored re­peated warn­ings.

Rus­sia in­sisted it did not cross the bor­der and ac­cused Turkey of a “planned provo­ca­tion”. Ankara is back­ing rebels fight­ing to top­ple Syria’s Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad, while Moscow is one of his last re­main­ing al­lies.

Ankara went on a diplo­matic charm of­fen­sive on Mon­day as it seeks to shore up its in­flu­ence in the re­gion, hail­ing a deal with Is­rael to re­store ties as well as mend­ing fences with Rus­sia.—AFP

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