The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia was still awaiting a reasonable answer from Ankara on why it downed a Russian fighter jet earlier this week, adding that it is not considering sanctions against Turkey or imposing a food imports embargo. "We are still waiting for an explanation, a realistic explanation from the Turkish side," Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, told journalists on a conference call. Russia's Agriculture Ministry said earlier on Thursday it was strengthening control over food and agriculture imports from Turkey.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that from Moscow's point of view, Turkey is deliberately trying to bring relations between Moscow and Ankara to a standstill. "It seems that the Turkish leadership is deliberately driving relations (between Russia and Turkey) into a dead end," Putin said at the Kremlin ambassador credentials ceremony. Putin added that Moscow is still awaiting an apology from Turkey for downing its fighter jet or an offer of reimbursement for damages.