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Thursday, October 20, 2016

How much should the Turks pay for the downed su-24

In addition to an apology, Russia wants to obtain compensation from Turkey for the downed su-24 bomber. According to Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, the contacts on this issue will continue. “MK” asked military experts what kind of amount can be discussed.

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Turkey’s position in this matter is not completely clear. Immediately after the Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the downed plane, the Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim stated that Turkey is ready to pay compensation for the aircraft. But then he corrected himself and said that we are talking about the apology, not money. According to military experts, primarily seeking compensation, Russia do not want to get a certain amount, and the full political recognition from Turkey. Here the main thing not money, and big politics.

Military expert Michael Khodarenok noted that knock compensation from the Turks for Russia is a “matter of principle”.

– Probably unlikely this aircraft will cost more than 15-20 million dollars, suggested the expert. – Again, how to assess the life of the deceased pilot? Here are a lot of questions.

However, the expert believes that for this assessment there are internationally recognized standards.

– You can remember the “Boeing”, which exploded over Scotland in 1988. In 2003, Libya officially admitted its responsibility for the attack. Experts have estimated the damage at $ 2.7 billion – said Khodarenok. – I think in the case of the Russian bombers will set up a Commission which will give its assessment.

The last journey of slain pilot of the su-24 from Turkey to Russia (8 photos)

According to military expert Viktor Murakhovski, such precedents was not in the history of the Soviet Union nor in modern Russia.

– The only thing I can remember is the case in 1989, when the Soviet MiG, soaring in Poland, after the pilot ejected, flying almost half of Europe, and fell in Belgium. Then, the Soviet Union paid compensation to 685 thousand dollars.

However, the expert is convinced that in the specific case with Turkey shot down a bomber we can talk about the amount that does not exceed the cost of the new bomber su-34.

– It is clear that now the su-24 is no longer available, and its residual value is low, but here accounting approach can’t be used – said murakhovski. – It is necessary that the Turks returned to us bomber shot down in return. Knowing that the new su-34 bombers have cost 1.5 billion rubles, we are entitled to put any figure with this upper limit. Compensation to the family of the deceased pilot must also be paid.

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