Sunday 25 September 2016

Downed Russian pilot was rescued by Syrian army - Moscow

Published 25/11/2015 | 08:36

Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander in a Syrian Turkmen brigade (centre), holds handles believed to be parts of a parachute of the downed Russian warplane near the northern Syrian village of Yamadi, near the Turkish-Syrian border, Syria. Reuters
Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander in a Syrian Turkmen brigade (centre), holds handles believed to be parts of a parachute of the downed Russian warplane near the northern Syrian village of Yamadi, near the Turkish-Syrian border, Syria. Reuters

A Russian military pilot shot down by Turkish warplanes is in the hands of the Syrian army, according to Russian officials.

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Moscow's ambassador to France Alexander Orlov said one of the pilots was wounded, then killed on the ground by "jihadists" after landing with his parachute.

Mr Orlov told Europe-1 radio the other pilot "managed to escape and be rescued by the Syrian army".

The Russian ambassador denied Turkish government statements that the Russian plane was warned repeatedly about an air space violation before it was brought down.

He accused Nato member Turkey of being an "accomplice" of Islamic State extremists and playing an ambiguous role in Syria's civil war.

However he played down concerns of an escalation of violence among the international players involved in Syria.

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