Kremlin says those responsible for Russian Su-24 pilot murder in Syria to be punished
Those responsible for the murder in Syria of the Russian pilot of the Sukhoi Su-24 bomber that was downed by Turkey's Air Force last November will get the punishment they deserve, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday, according to Russian news agency TASS.
"Surely they will," he said, answering a corresponding question, TASS reported.
Peskov said that to assess the situation with the detention in Turkey of a man who confessed to the pilot's murder, it is necessary to understand what charges will be pressed against him specifically and how the Turkish prosecutors will interpret his actions. "We don't known this so far," the Kremlin official said. He added that only court can recognize anybody guilty of a crime and so declined to make conclusions. "I just cannot make any conclusions as this would be wrong," he said.
Read alsoTASS: Man claiming responsibility for murder of Russian fighter pilot detained in TurkeyTurkish media reported on Thursday that a person named Alparslan Celik was detained at a restaurant in Izmir together with 13 more suspects. These people have allegedly recently arrived from Syria where they fought in the Bayirbucak region on the side of Islamists. The detention was made after somebody reported to the police that these people gathered at the restaurant. The policemen seized from them an assault rifle and two pistols with cartridges. Reportedly, Alparslan Celik is now in custody of the security department of the Turkish city of Izmir.
The Turkish Air Force downed a Sukhoi Su-24 bomber of Russia's Aerospace Forces on November 24, 2015 by an air-to-air missile fired by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet when the Russian plane was at an altitude of 6,000 meters 1 kilometer from Turkey's border. Later the Russian Defense Ministry specified that the Su-24 was downed when it was returning to the Khmeimim airbase in Syria.