Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he wants to normalize relations between his country and Russia, but acknowledged at the same time he does not know what are the first step that Russia is waiting for him to do.
He said in a press statement on Tuesday, May 31 / May before leaving the country heading to Africa: «It is difficult for me to realize what are the first steps that lie ahead of us Russia.»
The Turkish President also said he did not understand why his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin decided to sacrifice the excellent relations between the two countries because of a «mistake made by a Russian pilot.»
He continued: «I think that we must continue to develop relationships and communication channels with Russia.
I hope in the resolution of issues in the near future, and the resumption of the efforts made by Turkey and Russia during the past ten years in order to strengthen their relations.»
It is interesting that Erdogan reiterated avoid acknowledging any guilt for his country at the outbreak of the crisis in the bilateral relations between Moscow and Ankara, which are related to the shot down Russian «Su -24» aircraft incident drop by the Turkish air force and killed one of its two pilots after he parachuted off the aircraft and landed dead or killed by Turkmen armed militant members supported by Turkey at the Syrian-Turkish Borders on the 24th of last November.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a newspaper interview published last Tuesday that Turkey should first of all apologize to Russia for shooting down fighter plane and to compensate for losses caused by the incident.
He called on this occasion Ankara to withdraw its troops from Iraq, and called on the international community to pay more attention to the issue of the Kurds in Turkey itself.