Erdoğan Karakuş, a Chairman of the Turkish Union of retired officers and a Lieutenant-General of the Turkish Air Force, said in an interview, “I hope that soon the incident of the shot down Russian aircraft will be history and the Russian-Turkish relations will be normalized.”I hope Putin doesn't fall for this. The Turks pushed hard and Russian servicemen died. He should tell them to pound sand.
“We are very sorry about what has happened. We have always sought to be friendly with Russia, to maintain good neighborly relations and to try and avoid all possible misunderstandings.”
Karakuş further said that the shooting down of the Russian aircraft was a mistake and it should not have happened. “I want you to know that we are deeply sorry for what has happened and we hope for a speedy recovery and strengthening of our relations.”
The normalization of the Russian-Turkish relations is in the interest of the Turkish people and Russian society, the retired general said.