Russia requests Turkish assistance in returning remains of downed fighter jet in Syria

 06 Feb 2018 - 17:14

Russia requests Turkish assistance in returning remains of downed fighter jet in Syria
A picture taken on February 3, 2018, shows a Rebel fighter taking a picture of a downed Sukhoi-25 fighter jet in Syria's northwest province of Idlib. AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR

AFP

Moscow: The Russian Defense Ministry has asked Turkey for assistance in obtaining all debris of the Sukhoi-25 jet downed in Syria last weekend.

The Russian Defense Ministry has dispatched a request to Turkey for assistance in obtaining all debris of the Russian jet Sukhoi-25, down by terrorists on February 3 with a man-portable missile in airspace over Syria's Idlib province, the ministry's statement reported. 

The Defense Ministry's experts are particularly interested in examining the debris of the attack plane's engines, which may bear traces of the missile's impact, in order to accurately identify the type of missile the terrorists used, to establish the place where it was produced and to expose the routes of its delivery to Syria, the Defense Ministry said.

According to earlier reports, Russia's Sukhoi-25 jet was downed over the de-escalation zone Idlib on Feb. 3, TASS news agency reported. 

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, which is based in Khmeimim, works in cooperation with the Turkish side responsible for the lower escalation zone in Idlib, to take the necessary measures to recover the body of the Russian pilot killed in the operation. 

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