Turkey to hand over body of Su-24 pilot to Russia
The body is being treated in accordance with the Orthodox Christian tradition, Davutoglu told journalists in Ankara.
The Russian embassy confirmed the date of the transfer will be set on Sunday, TASS reported.
“Regarding the transfer of the body of the Su-24’s pilot to Russia, we don’t have a precise date and time. Today, the body will be delivered to Ankara, and then it will become clear when it will be sent to Russia,”Mityakov said.
While on a bombing run against Islamic State positions in Syria, the Russian Su-24 bomber was downed on Tuesday by an air-to-air missile fired by a Turkish Air Force F-16.
One Russian pilot was killed by Syrian rebels as he parachuted to the ground, while the other was rescued and returned safely to the Khmeimim airbase.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims the Russian bomber was in Turkish airspace, but the Russian command insists the Turkish fighter had crossed into Syria during the attack.
It remains unclear how Turkey managed to recover the body from the Syrian militants.
A couple of days ago, a Syrian rebel commander who boasted of murdering the Russian pilot on video turned out to be a Turkish ultra-nationalist, and a son of a former mayor in one of Turkey’s provinces.
Turkish businessman’s gesture
A Turkish businessman running a cafe network in Russia was shocked by the murder of the Russian Su-24 pilot by a Turkish fighter jet. Regretting the deep rift in relations between Moscow and Ankara, he has offered to donate his profits to the victim’s family.
Turkish national Sefa Buzgan, who runs four cafes in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, was shocked and saddened by the tragic incident this week. The businessman generously offered his Wednesday profits from all of his locations to the family of the Russian pilot, Oleg Peshkov.
Taking into account the political tensions surrounding the plane’s downing, Buzgan said his family is “deeply saddened by this military incident” and therefore would like to “provide all the possible assistance to the family of the killed pilot.”