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Date: 16 December 2015 15:57
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 16
Relations between Moscow and Ankara won’t be as they used to be before, said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov speaking to RIA Novosti Dec. 16.
Meshkov further said the current policy of the Turkish authorities doesn’t allow making positive forecasts about the future prospects in the relations between the two countries.
He said an end to cooperation with the incumbent Turkish government,“ at least at the level that has been achieved in recent years, has been put by Ankara itself”.
“One thing is clear – they won’t be as they used to be,” he said referring to the relations. Meshkov also noted that the continuation of this situation depends, primarily, on the Turkish side.
“So far the policy pursued by the current Turkish leadership – both in terms of its complete unwillingness to acknowledge responsibility for the unprovoked attack on Russia’s Su-24, and in terms of getting rid of double standards in fighting international terrorism – doesn’t allow making positive forecasts,” said the Russian diplomat.
Relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber Nov. 24.
After the incident, the Russian president decreed to take measures to ensure national security, as well as special economic actions against Turkey.
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