Moscow Will Not Forgive Turkey, Says Russian Foreign Minister

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavriv. (Source: Ilya Pitalev/TASS)
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavriv. (Source: Ilya Pitalev/TASS)

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavriv. (Source: Ilya Pitalev/TASS)

MOSCOW (Public Radio of Armenia) — Moscow will not forgive Turkey’s aiding and abetting terrorists but will stay friendly towards the Turkish people, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Italy’s Limes magazine, TASS reports.

“We will not forgive this aiding and abetting terrorists,” he said. “But we have never put an equal mark between some of the current ruling establishment that bear direct responsibility for the death of our servicemen in Syria, and our old and reliable friends among the Turkish people.”

The Russian top diplomat stressed that anti-terrorism efforts, as well as Syrian settlement are of principal importance for Russia. “That is why the attack of the Turkish air force on the Russian bomber cannot change our approaches,” he said.

“If Turkey’s provocation was meant to achieve this goal, its inventors have obviously failed.” According to the Russian diplomat, after Turkey’s attack on the Russian Su-24 bomber in November a moment of truth arrived in the fight against terrorism.

“Ankara’s move was an unprecedented challenge for the Russian Federation,” Lavrov said. “It is evident that such actions could not but impact the Russian-Turkish relations and the confidence for Turkey as a partner has been seriously shattered,” Lavrov added.

As a result, the cooperation between Russia and Turkey has been suspended in many areas despite great efforts to develop ties in the recent years, Lavrov said, stressing: “This was not our choice.”

“So far we have heard neither apologies of the Turkish leadership nor showing readiness to somehow compensate the consequences of the act, nor an intention to punish those guilty in the right way,” he said.

“On the contrary, Ankara claims that the Turkish side was right and protected the sovereignty that had been allegedly violated,” Lavrov said, adding that the statements of Turkish politicians on “regrets” are incompatible with the seriousness of what has happened. Russia has repeatedly voiced concerns over the growing terrorist threats in Turkey and Ankara’s unpreparedness to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, Lavrov reminded.

Lavrov added that such actions could not but impact the Russian-Turkish relations.


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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    Not that I want to look guilty of excessive Russophilia, but any serious military expert will say that there was no sense in shooting down that SU-24 jet. It presented no danger to Turkey. By destroying the plane, Turkey set up entire NATO, thus ridiculing people in the solid organization. I have already mentioned, many times, that Turkey’s membership in NATO is a liability rather than asset, and the sooner the modern bashi-bouzouks are thrown out of there the better for everybody. Also, Turkey’s membership may deserve a scrutiny as it had (and still has, to this day) problems with territorial integrity.
    As for Russia, I will respect it wholeheartedly, if it cancels the Moscow treaty of 1921, so that the lands of the Russian Empire are taken away from Turkey. Bolsheviks gave those lands to Turks for 25 years, and that time has passed a while ago.