Turkey is ready “if necessary” to pay compensation to Russia after it shot down one of Moscow’s military jets over Syria in November, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said.


Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim


“We have said that if necessary we are ready to pay compensation,” Yildirim told public TV network TRT late Monday, hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached out a conciliatory hand to Moscow over the incident that shattered ties between the two nations.


He also indicated that Erdogan would speak with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Wednesday or Thursday over how to rebuild ties between the two nations, which back opposite sides in the Syrian war.


“I think we have reached an understanding on this affair. We will put this incident behind us and continue on our path,” Yildirim said.


Turkey had previously refused to apologize over the incident, insisting the Russian plane strayed into its airspace and ignored repeated warnings.