Putin and Erdogan may discuss Turkey’s compensation for downed Su-24 jet

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan after a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, December 1, 2014.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan after a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, December 1, 2014.

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The meeting of the presidents will take place in St. Petersburg on Aug. 9

Turkey has not paid Russia any compensation for the downed Russian Su-24 bomber but this issue may be raised at an upcoming meeting of Russian and Turkish leaders Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Aug. 5.

The meeting of the Russian and Turkish presidents is scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg on Aug. 9.

"No, no compensation has been paid," the presidential aide said, responding to the relevant question.

"This issue will probably also be discussed," Ushakov said, without specifying whether it was possible that Russia would drop the compensation claim.

The presidential aide also noted that "much was said" in Erdogan’s letter to Putin in June, in which the Turkish president apologized for the incident with the Russian bomber and these steps in subsequent telephone talks between the two leaders made possible the upcoming meeting in St. Petersburg "and, I hope, will lead to further normalization of the entire range of our relations with Turkey."

Source: Tass.com

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