Without yet apologising for downing the Russian bomber, it seems that Turkey is feeling the pinch from the Russian imposed sanctions urging for the continuation of bilateral relations. Since Turkey’s aggression, Russia has imposed a strict visa applications to Turkish citizens, cancelled future economic projects and placed sanctions on Turkish industry and trade to Russia.
“We are not in favor of tension. We want to continue our strategic partnership and relations with Russia in the same way as we have up to now. We have worked together successfully for the past 10 to 11 years. We want to continue this,” Erdogan told reporters aboard of the presidential plane.
Without yet apologising, Erdogan attempted to ease the tense situation by passing the blame just onto the pilots and not any leadership within Russia.
“We wouldn’t have wanted to come across such a [situation], but looking from another perspective, a mistake has been made in our sovereign area. Who made this mistake? Not the manager, of course. It is the pilots who were negligent and did not heed the warnings,” Turkish Hurryiet daily cited Erdogan saying.
Russian upper house speaker, Matviyenko, said “We are not responsible for such a crisis developing between Russia and Turkey. Turkey has put forth an aggressive attitude and this is offensive. The one who attacked should take responsibility.”
Erdogan has remained defiant in not apologising or accepting responsibility for the bomber that was downed in Syrian airspace.