Turkish officials did not disclose when the body would be repatriated to Russia. (DHA via AP )
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Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers involved in Syria's war.Russia says it was flying over Syria and was struck unprovoked.Turkey is part of a coalition of countries led by the United States that have been bombing ISIS positions in both Syria and Iraq, while also calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down.Russia, which supports Assad, launched its own separate bombing campaign against Assad's opponents nearly two months ago.Turkey has been angered by the Russian military campaign in Syria, complaining in particular in recent weeks about Moscow's targeting of ethnic Turkmen rebels in the border area, who are close kin with Turks.Pro-government newspaper Sabah Daily reported that Turkey had tightened security along its border with Syria Saturday, deploying additional tanks, armored personnel vehicles and other weapons alongside its border with Syria. Assad's regime launched a key offensive to retake areas seized by opponents after Russia began its military campaign in Syria.
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