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Russia says one pilot, rescuer killed in downing of fighter jet: agencies

A war plane crashing in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border, is seen in this still image taken from video November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Reuters TV/Haberturk TV

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian pilot was shot dead from the ground after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet in Syria and another soldier died during the rescue operation, Russia’s military general staff said on Tuesday.

The Russian Defence Ministry has suspended military contact with Turkey over the incident and a Russian warship will be deployed to waters off Syria’s western Latakia province, Russian news agencies reported.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; editing by Polina Devitt