Moscow regrets the crisis in Russian-Turkish relations but is not the initiator of the poor atmosphere between the two countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Feb. 16, Sputnik International news agency reported.
"Relations are in a deep crisis and Russia regrets this and [knows] it isn't the initiator of this crisis," Peskov said.
Diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey soured after a Russian Su-24 was shot down by the Turkish Air Forces Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey said the warplane violated its airspace, while Russia dismissed the claims.
Following the incident, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and economic measures against Turkey.