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Rescued Russian pilot says no warning before jet downed

MOSCOW: One of the Russian pilots of a fighter jet shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border told state media on Wednesday that there was no prior warning.

“There was no warning, not by radio exchange nor visually. There was no contact at all,” navigator Konstantin Murakhtin told Russian journalists at Moscow’s base in Syria after being rescued by special forces.

Dressed in khaki and speaking with his back to the camera, Murakhtin echoed the Kremlin’s version of events, saying that the plane could not have entered Turkish airspace “even for one second”.

“I could perfectly see on the map and on the ground where the border was and where we were,” Murakhtin said, standing out on the tarmac of the base. “We were flying at an altitude of 6,000 metres, the weather was clear.”

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