Lt Col Oleg Peshkov and his co-pilot came under ground fire after they parachuted from their burning plane

Lt Col Oleg Peshkov and his co-pilot came under ground fire after they parachuted from their burning plane

The body of Lt Col Oleg Peshkov will be given back to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Turkish forces shot down the plane saying it had violated Turkish airspace, which Russia denies.

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

Another pilot in the plane survived and was rescued from rebel-held territory in Syria in a special forces operation.

A decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday covers imports from Turkey, the work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish nationals working for Russian companies.

The decree also calls for an end to charter flights between the countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to apologise to Russia over the incident.

On Friday, he accused Moscow of “playing with fire” in its Syria operations. But on Saturday, he said he was “saddened” by the downing of the jet.

Turkey and Russia have important economic links. Russia is Turkey’s second-largest trading partner, while more than three million Russian tourists visited Turkey last year.

BBC

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.