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Downed Russian pilot laid to rest as diplomatic standoff worsens

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 01:36

Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov is laid to rest one week after Turkey shot down his jet near the Turkish-Syrian border, and the diplomatic spat between Moscow and Ankara only worsens as Russia accuses Turkey of buying oil from Islamic State. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Oleg Peshkov was laid to rest in his hometown, Lipetsk, about a six-hour-drive south of Moscow. The Russian pilot was killed last week when his fighter jet was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border. It's thought to be the first such downing of a Russian plane by a NATO member since the Cold War. Ankara says the plane violated Turkish airspace while conducting operations in support of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. But Moscow disputes that version of the incident, saying Peshkov's plane was flying at the time over Syria, where the Kremlin is carrying out an air campaign backing Assad in a protracted civil war. Russian defense officials say the pilot ejected from his aircraft only to be killed by ground fire from militants in Syria. In death, they've named Peshkov a 'Hero of the Russian Federation' and buried the pilot with military honors. In retaliation for the downing, Moscow's hit Turkey with a raft of economic sanctions. They cover mostly food stuffs but, this week, the diplomatic spat worsened as Russia accused Turkey of buying oil from Islamic State Turkey says the allegation is baseless, but relations between the two countries are now as bad as they've been in recent memory…. and the tense standoff threatens to complicate an already difficult international effort to finally end the Syrian war.

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Downed Russian pilot laid to rest as diplomatic standoff worsens

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 01:36