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    The family of the deceased Russian Su-24 pilot Oleg Peshkov said they would not accept compensation from the Turkish authorities who offered to gift them a house in the Turkish resort of Kemer.

    “Nobody is preparing any petitions for Turkey with requests for compensation. Are we are going to ask for some kind of compensation now? We are not even thinking or considering such a thing. Even if they offer compensation, no one will accept it. This is not just humiliating, it's terrible,” brother of the deceased pilot, Pavel Peshkov, said.

    Earlier it was reported that authorities of Kemer were willing to gift a resort house to the family of the deceased pilot.

    A representative delegation of Kemer made this announcement during a meeting with the Russian Consul General in Antalya, Alexander Tolstopyatenko.

    The town of Kemer is a seaside resort on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast. It is a part of the Turkish Riviera, known for its pebble beaches and large marina.

    On June 28, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalyn said that the country is ready to consider the matter of compensation for the relatives of Peshkov, if the request comes from them.

    In an interview with Sputnik, mayor of Kemer, Mustafa Gül, said, “During the meeting with the Russian consul in Antalya we made this proposal on behalf of the civil society groups of Kemer: taxi associations, merchants, the Union of Young Entrepreneurs, travel agencies and all employees of the tourism industry in the region.”

    The mayor further said, “We very much want our relations with Russia to normalize as soon as possible. As we know, after the plane was shot down, the Russian pilot was subjected to a brutal attack and was killed. In connection with this tragic incident, we have expressed a feeling of deep regret and sorrow to the pilot’s family and made a proposal to give his family a house in Kemer. We hope that this offer will be accepted by Moscow and the family of the pilot.”

    Earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in his message to his Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, apologized for shooting down the Russian Su-24 in November 2015 and expressed condolences over the death of the pilot. Erdogan also said that Turkey did not want to ruin relations with Russia.

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