Turkey and Russia do not have 'luxury' of unfriendly ties: Turkish minister

A screengrab shows a burning trail as the plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border.
A screengrab shows a burning trail as the plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border.PHOTO: EPA/HABERTURK TV CHANNEL

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia do not have the luxury of unfriendly relations, Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday (Nov 26), two days after Turkish jets shot down a Russian plane along the Syria border.

Speaking in Ankara, Volkan Bozkir said he expected ties with Moscow to be maintained following the incident, which elicited a furious response from President Vladimir Putin.

Bozkir also said that progress was expected on Turkey's stalled bid to join the EU, with chapter 17 of the accession process - dealing with economy and monetary policy - due to be opened on Dec 14-15.