Russian marine killed in pilot rescue

    Russian marine killed in pilot rescue

    Nov 25, Moscow: A Russian marine was killed during a rescue mission of pilot near the Syrian border. He died when his helicopter was fired upon by the rebels in northern Syria. 

    Rebel fire from the ground killed one of the jet's two crew members after they ejected.

    The head of Nato said it stood in solidarity with Turkey as the Kremlin warned of "serious consequences".

    US President Barack Obama has assured his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a phone call of the support of the US for his country's right to defend its sovereignty,  news reports said.

    Turkey said that the jet had strayed into its airspace but Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted the Su-24 had been hit by an air-to-air missile while flying over Syrian territory.

    President Putin called Turkey an "accomplice of terrorists" and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cancelled a planned trip to Ankara on Wednesday. 

    The UN and Nato have urged both sides to de-escalate the crisis. According to Ankara, the Russian Su-24 was warned ten times about entering Turkish airspace, though Moscow says there was no such communication, BBC news reported.

    The Oslo Times


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