Russia: 1 of the downed pilots is being held by Syria

2015-11-25 11:20

Paris - Russia's ambassador to France says a Russian military pilot shot down over Turkey is in the hands of the Syrian army.

Ambassador Alexander Orlov said on Europe-1 radio on Wednesday that one of the pilots was wounded, then killed on the ground by "jihadists".

He says the other "managed to escape and be rescued by the Syrian army." He didn't elaborate.

Orlov denied Turkish government statements that the Russian plane had been warned repeatedly about an airspace violation before shooting it down plane.

Orlov accused Turkey of being an "accomplice" of ISIS and playing an ambiguous role in Syria's civil war.

However he played down concerns of escalation of violence among the international players involved in Syria.

WARNING: This video may be to graphic for sensitive viewers. 

Read more on:    turkey  |  russia  |  syria  |  security

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