Turkey to hand over body of Russian pilot to Moscow

    Turkey to hand over body of Russian pilot to Moscow

    Nov 29, Ankara: Turkey says it has received the body of a Russian pilot killed after his plane was shot down by Turkish jets on the Syrian border saying it had violated the Turkish airspace.

    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the body of Lt Col Oleg Peshkov will be handed over to Russia.

    Davutoglu said the body had been received by Turkish authorities at the Syrian border but did not give any more details.

    The incident has led to heated rhetoric between the two countries, with Russia announcing a package of economic sanctions against Turkey, media reports said.

    Rebels from Syria's ethnic Turkmen community opened fire on Lt Col Peshkov and his co-pilot as they tried to parachute into government-held territory.

    Turkey says the Russian aircraft entered its airspace, even though it was warned repeatedly not to. Russia says the pilots received no warning at all.  

    The rebels said he had died by the time he reached the ground.

    PM Davutoglu said a Russian official would soon travel to the province of Hatay together with a Turkish military official and receive the body.
    Davutoglu added that Lt Col Peshkov's body had been treated in accordance with Orthodox Christian tradition.

    The Oslo Times


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