WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Monday, the Turkish prosecutor’s office decided not to charge Celik citing lack of evidence.
"Turkey's decision to withdraw this political gift to Russia demonstrates a hardened stance that will make reconciliation between the countries unlikely anytime soon," the report stated.
Celik was arrested alongside 13 others in the Turkish city of Izmir in early April on charges of illegal gun possession. The suspect previously said he did not shoot at Peshkov, but had accepted the responsibility for the killing as a commander of a militant group.
Celik insisted he had repeatedly ordered his men to take the Russian pilot prisoner, and not to shoot at him.