Relations between Moscow and Ankara have been badly strained by the Nov. 24 downing of a Russian bomber by a Turkish jet along the Syrian border. Russia has introduced a slew of economic sanctions to punish Turkey.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was addressing a gathering of regional leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.
Referring to tensions between Turkey and Russia, Lukashenko said: “If you make a mistake, you should acknowledge it and find the strength to make concessions and compromises to smooth over the situation.”
In his address Saturday, Erdogan made no reference to relations with Russia.