Putin says 2nd pilot rescued, now safe

2015-11-25 13:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP)

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Ankara - Russian President Vladimir Putin says a second pilot from a Russian warplane that was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border has been rescued.

Putin was speaking in televised comments on Wednesday after Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies that the man was rescued in a 12-hour operation which ended in the early hours on Wednesday and is now "safe and sound" at Russia's air base in the government-controlled area in Syria.

The other pilot of the Su-24 jet was reported dead.

Russia's defense minister on Wednesday said that Moscow will send its news anti-aircraft missiles to Syria following Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane on Tuesday.

Russian news agencies quoted Sergei Shoigu as saying that the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems would be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in the government-controlled area which Moscow uses for its Air Force sorties.

S-400s were first put on active combat duty in Russia in 2007.

Shoigu's statement comes a day after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 on mission near the Syria border. One of the pilots was killed by groundfire as he parachuted from his crippled plane, the Russian general staff said.

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