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Russia: Turkey should pay compensation for downed jet

Turkey should pay compensation for the Russian war plane it shot down near the Syrian border last month, the Russian deputy foreign minister has said.

Alexei Meshkov told state news agency Ria Novosti that Moscow still expects Ankara to apologise, pay the compensation and provide guarantees that it will never happen again.

The downing of the Su-24 and the deaths of two Russian servicemen have strained the traditionally warm relations between the two countries.

The jet was on a bombing mission near the Turkish-Syrian border when it was shot down on November 24.

Turkey said the jet violated its airspace, a claim that Moscow has denied.

A Turkish foreign ministry spokesman later indicated that Moscow should not be expecting an apology or compensation.

Tanju Bilgic said: "If (Russia) guarantees that there won't be a violation of Turkish airspace, a similar incident won't happen again."

Earlier this month, Russia imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, including a ban on food imports, and recently took the issue of Turkey's deployment of troops in Iraq to the UN Security Council.

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