Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent an apology letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin, urging him to restore the “traditional friendly ties” between the two countries.
Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim said on Turkish state broadcaster TRT that “the content of the letter is very clear.”
“We express our regret. We say that we are sharing the pain felt by those who lost loved ones. We say that we will pay compensation, if needed,” Turkey’s prime minister stressed.
Few months ago, dangerous tensions between Turkey and Russia erupted following the downing of a Russian jet by two Turkish F-16s near the Syrian border.
Erdogan back then told France 24 that he wanted to talk with the Russian President about what happened, “but Putin has not returned my call,” Erdogan stressed.
At that time Erdogan said that “had we known it was a Russian plane we may have acted differently.”
The Moroccan Times.