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Turkey Returns Pilot's Body To Russia


The body of the Russian military pilot who was killed when a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian warplane last week has been sent back to Russia.

Reports from Ankara say the pilot’s body was transported from Syria to Ankara on November 29 and sent on November 30 from Ankara to Russia.

Turkey shot down the plane on November 24 after it briefly entered Turkish airspace from Syria, ignoring several warnings.

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

Turkey's action drew strong reaction from Moscow and has led to a breakdown in relations between the two countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the altercation as a "treacherous stab in the back" and, on November 28, imposed a series of economic sanctions against Turkey.

Russia insists the plane never left Syrian airspace.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, Interfax, and TASS
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