November 30, 2015 / 11:03 AM / 2 years ago

Remains of Russian pilot flown from Turkey to Russia on Monday: Turkish military

The coffin of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet is carried to a Turkish Air Force Cargo Aircraft, before being handed over to Russia, on the tarmac of the Hatay Airport in Hatay, Turkey, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

ANKARA (Reuters) - The remains of the Russian pilot killed last week when his jet was shot down by Turkey left Ankara bound for Moscow on Monday morning, the Turkish military said in a statement.

The repatriation followed a military funeral service attended by the Russian ambassador and other military officials, the military said.

The downing of the jet has prompted a major rupture in relations between the two countries, with Putin this weekend signing off on a raft of sanctions against Turkey.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay, writing Jonny Hogg; editing by David Dolan

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