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A war plane crashing in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border, is seen in this still image taken from video November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Reuters TV/Haberturk TV

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(Reuters) - Russia regrets that Turkey has not taken the necessary steps to mend ties damaged by Ankara's shooting down of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border last year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

The Kremlin was still waiting for Turkey to apologise and to pay compensation for the incident, Peskov told reporters when asked to comment on remarks by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who said on Tuesday he did not understand what kind of a "first step" Moscow expected from Ankara.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk/Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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