Moscow Wants Turkey to Objectively Investigate Killing of Russian Pilot

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Russia urges Turkey to conduct a transparent and objective investigation of the killing of Oleg Peshkov, the pilot of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet, downed by Turkey, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday a public prosecutor in the Turkish city of Izmir confirmed that no charges will be pressed against Alparslan Celik, the suspected killer of the pilot of a Russian fighter jet due to the lack of sufficient evidence.

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"In fact, Ankara demonstrates its unwillingness to admit partial fault, given that it was her dreadful and treacherous actions, that led to the destruction of the jet, and thereby caused the death of the Russian pilot. In this case, we are urging Turkey to take thorough measures to find and bring to justice all those responsible for killing of the Russian pilot. It is not only Celik, but other militants under his subordination."

Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov was shot by a militant group under Celik's commanding, trying to parachute to the ground when his jet was downed by Turkey over Syria on November 24. Celik accepted responsibility for the pilot's killing as commander of a militant group. The suspect insisted that he had repeatedly ordered his men to take the Russian pilot prisoner, and not to shoot him.

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