Russia’s ambassador to Turkey laid out the terms for improving relations, which include apologizing for shooting down its fighter jet, punishing those responsible, and paying for damages, Turkish media reported on Monday.
“Unless these expectations of ours are met, other statements made by Turkey will not yield any results,” said Andrey Karlov, in an interview with the Turkish Cumhuriyet daily and reported by Today’s Zaman.
“Our relations [with Turkey] are at the point of their deepest crisis in history,” he said.
Ties between Moscow and Ankara have sharply deteriorated since the downing of the Russian jet on November 24, a move described by Putin as “a dastardly stab in the back.”
The Russian ambassador named the pilot that shot the Russian jet as Alparslan Celik, according to the report.
Meanwhile, a bilateral summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan planned for December 15 in St. Petersburg will not now happen, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“It won’t happen, it’s not planned,” Peskov said owhen asked by reporters.
The talks had been agreed upon during a meeting between the two men in Turkey on the sidelines of a G-20 summit last month which predated the downing of the aircraft near the Syrian-Turkish border.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Turkish TV on Monday there is no reason to halt the planned Akkuyu nuclear power plant with Russia, after Turkish officials said last week that Russia had stopped construction work.
The planned $20 billion project would be Turkey’s first nuclear power plant.