Russia says jet downing 'provocation' as pilot denies warning

Russian and Syrian special forces had rescued one of the two pilots who ejected from the bomber.

AFP| Last Updated: Nov 26, 2015, 10:40 AM IST
Russia says jet downing 'provocation' as pilot denies warning

Moscow: Russia on Wednesday accused Turkey of a "planned provocation" over the downing of a warplane on the Syrian border as a rescued pilot claimed that no warning had been given.

As the diplomatic fallout from Tuesday's incident raged on, Ankara sought to play down tensions and its allies in NATO issued urgent appeals for restraint.

Moscow said Russian and Syrian special forces had rescued one of the two pilots who ejected from the bomber as it plunged to the earth in a fireball but confirmed the second airman and a soldier sent to rescue him died.

In his first interview, rescued pilot Konstantin Murakhtin told Russian state media there had been no warning before his plane was shot down by Turkish fighter jets.