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Russia Urges Turkey to Bring Su-24 Pilot's Murderer to Justice

© REUTERS / Sadettin MollaThe Russian Su-24 bomber crashes in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015.
The Russian Su-24 bomber crashes in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border November 24, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called on Turkey to arrest the group of people responsible for the murder of Su-24 fighter jet pilot Oleg Peshkov, who was killed while parachuting after his plane was brought down over the territory of Syria by the Turkish Air Force.

She said that Alparslan Celik and his associates should be held accountable for the murder of the Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov and brought to justice.

"We demand that the Turkish authorities take immediate steps to apprehend Alparslan Celik and his followers and bring them to justice for the murder of the Russian pilot, as well as for taking part in the hostilities on the side of illegal armed formations on the territory of a foreign state," she said.

According to Russia Today, Celik is a Turkish national, who appears to be a son of the mayor of Keban, a small town in the Turkish province of Elazig. Celik is also said to be a member of the Grey Wolves, a youth organization often described as ultranationalist or neo-fascist. Other reports have assumed that Celik is a commander of the Syrian Turkmen rebels, who are said to have opened fire into the air after Peshkov ejected himself from the downed aircraft.

The body of the pilot of Russia's Su-24 bomber that was shot down by Turkey last week has arrived at the Chkalovsky Airport near Moscow - Sputnik International
Body of Russian Su-24 Pilot Downed by Turkey Arrives in Moscow
The Russian Su-24 aircraft was brought down by a Turkish jet over Syria in November. Turkey claimed that it downed the Russian aircraft because it had violated Turkish airspace. Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Russian bomber never entered Turkish airspace.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the attack a "stab in the back." Moscow authorities have demanded an investigation into the case, but the Turkish government has not yet taken any decisive steps. 

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