The body of Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov, who died after his plane was downed by Turkish F-16s on Nov. 24 after it reportedly breached Turkish airspace for 17 seconds, was flown to Ankara from southern Hatay province on Nov. 29 after a religious ritual carried out by Orthodox priests. The coffin stayed at GATA hospital for one night while waiting for a Russian plane arrive and take the body from Ankara.
Turkey initiated the process to hand over the body to Moscow a day before a United Nations climate conference is set to begin in Paris which could bring a “saddened” Turkish president and his Russian counterpart together.
Peshkov was reportedly killed by Turkmen forces as he descended to the ground in a parachute.
The other pilot in the downed Russian warplane, Konstantin Murakhtin, was rescued by Syrian special forces units and brought to a Russian base in Syria after the incident.