Putin’s Spokesman: Ankara Responsible for Ongoing Deadlock in Russia-Turkey Relations

Putin’s Spokesman: Ankara Responsible for Ongoing Deadlock in Russia-Turkey Relations
Sun Mar 27, 2016 15:08:44

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov blamed Ankara for the ongoing deadlock in relations with Moscow, and slammed his Turkish counterpart for mishandling the situation following Turkey’s downing of a Russian bomber jet over Syria.

“If I held that office and things had gone the way they went, I would have resigned. Six months ago our relations with Turkey could be called exemplary. Then this disaster happened, and that disaster was handmade. Ankara was its author, and only it can control the damage,” Peskov said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his spokesman and chief adviser Ibrahim Kalin have both refused to apologize for targeting a Russian Su-24 aircraft in November last year, which killed one of its pilots.

“I believe that the fallout from this disaster will not be fully cleared up for generations to come.” Peskov said, noting that at the moment, Russia simply won’t talk to Turkey.

The official also ruled out the possibility of mediating efforts to bear any result, saying that “any attempts to mediate this situation can’t but fail for obvious reasons.”

Azerbaijan is known to have offered to play the role of mediator between the two countries.

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