Turkey received Russian pilot's body

PM Davutoglu says remains will be delivered to Russia

Turkey received Russian pilot's body

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey says it has received the body of a pilot from the Russian SU-24 shot down earlier this week.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara on Sunday that the remains had been received on Saturday night.

“The pilot, who lost his life during [Tuesday’s] airspace violation, was delivered to us last night at 01:45 [11:45 GMT],” Davutoglu said in Ankara, speaking ahead of his departure for a high-level EU meeting in Brussels.

“The body will be delivered to Russia,” he added.

The Turkish government said on Tuesday that its F-16s shot down the Russian SU-24 after several warnings against its violation of Turkish airspace over the southern province of Hatay.

One of the pilots of the SU-24 died in the incident while the other was rescued by Russian special forces in Syria.

Davutoglu said that attempts to pin the blame on Turkey after the episode were “invalid” in terms of international law.

“The latest statements from Russia are not acceptable in terms of neighboring countries’ relations,” he said.

Saying that the Turkish military did what was necessary in a “legitimate” way, Davutoglu clarified that Tuesday’s actions were not directed specifically at Russia.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Kasım 2015, 12:41