Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News World

Pilot's body to be flown back to Russia, says Turkey

Published 29/11/2015

Turkish protesters in Istanbul, after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane (AP)
Turkish protesters in Istanbul, after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane (AP)

Turkey has taken delivery of the body of a Russian pilot who was killed after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian war plane, the country's prime minister says.

Ahmet Davutoglu says the pilot's body was taken to the border province of Hatay "through Turkey's initiatives" early on Sunday and will be flown back to Russia. He said the Orthodox church in Hatay performed religious rites for the pilot.

Turkey shot down the plane on Tuesday after it entered its airspace from Syria, ignoring several warnings.

The two pilots parachuted out of the plane but were shot at by Syrian rebels on the ground. One of the pilots, Lt Col Oleg Peshkov, died.

Turkey's action drew strong reaction from Moscow. Russian president Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph