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Navigator of Downed Russian Plane Says There Was No Warning MOSCOW — The Russian navigator who parachuted out of a warplane shot down by Turkey said Wednesday that there had been no warning before a missile slammed into the aircraft, giving him and the pilot no time to dodge the missile. FROM OUR ADVERTISERS The navigator, Capt. Konstantin V. Murakhtin, was rescued by special forces troops who followed his radio beacon and negotiated his release from the insurgents who were holding him. “There were no warnings from either the radio channel or visually, there was no contact at all,” he told the Interfax news agency from the Russian air base outside Latakia, Syria. The pilot, Lt. Col. Oleg A. Peshkov, was killed by ground fire from insurgents as his parachute descended. Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Protesters outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday during a demonstration against Russia's policy in Syria.Range of Frustrations Reached Boil as Turkey Shot Down Russian JetNOV. 25, 2015 Kirsan N. Ilyumzhinov, shown in 2011, is accused of “materially assisting” the government of Syria and top banking officials there.U.S. Announces Sanctions on 2 Accused of Dealings With Assad or ISISNOV. 25, 2015 graphic Who Has Gained Ground in Syria Since Russia Began Its AirstrikesOCT. 1, 2015 NATO-Russia Tensions Rise After Turkey Downs JetNOV. 24, 2015 Turkish Jets Shoot Down Drone Near SyriaOCT. 16, 2015 The aftermath of a barrel bomb attack in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, Syria, earlier this month.Who Is Fighting Whom in SyriaSEPT. 30, 2015 Captain Murakhtin’s account directly contradicted that of Turkish officials, who said the pilots had been warned 10 times in five minutes not to transgress into Turkish airspace, even the sliver of territory that the plane crossed in 17 seconds. The Russians have been adamant that the warplane was shot down over Syria, not Turkey. It crashed about two and a half miles from the border, Russia said, and the pilots parachuted into Syria. NEWS CLIPS: EUROPE By REUTERS 1:15 Russians Pelt Turkish Embassy with Eggs Continue reading the main storyVideo Russians Pelt Turkish Embassy with Eggs Russians threw eggs and tomatoes at the Turkish embassy in Moscow on Wednesday and called for retaliation after Turkey shot down a Russian jet. By REUTERS on Publish Date November 25, 2015. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/European Pressphoto Agency. Watch in Times Video » Embed Share Tweet Captain Murakhtin said he and Colonel Peshkov had stuck to their combat flight plan and were flying their bomber in “normal mode” when the attack occurred. Given the speed at which they were traveling, he said, the F-16 should have flown a parallel course as a standard visual warning. “There was not even a threat of crossing into Turkey,” Captain Murakhtin said. Captain Murakhtin’s account was sure to further inflame sentiment in Russia. Its defense minister announced on Wednesday that it would deploy its most powerful air defense system in Syria. Protesters gathered outside the Turkish Embassy in Moscow, pelting it with eggs and rocks, shattering windows. In Washington, a senior United States military official who was briefed on the radar tracking of the Russian warplane said Wednesday that the data showed that the aircraft transited Turkish airspace, as Turkey has insisted. “They crossed into Turkish airspace,” the official said of the pilots, speaking on the condition of anonymity as the official was not authorized to discuss confidential military reports. Such data was not likely to deflate the pronounced anger and outrage on the Russian side. The country’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said Russia had “no intention” of going to war against Turkey but reinforced the sharp criticism of Turkey as a haven for terrorists that Russia started soon after the plane was shot down. NEWS CLIPS: EUROPE By REUTERS 1:46 Putin Criticizes Turkish Leaders Continue reading the main storyVideo Putin Criticizes Turkish Leaders A day after Turkey shot down one of Moscow’s jets, Russian president Vladimir V. Putin said Turkey’s political leaders had been "supporting the Islamization of their country." By REUTERS on Publish Date November 25, 2015. Photo by Pool photo by Alexei Nikolsky. Watch in Times Video » Embed Share Tweet Mr. Lavrov repeated that he thought the shooting down of the military jet was a premeditated strike and hinted that the United States had a hand in it. “We have enough information to confirm that this was a preplanned act,” Mr. Lavrov said at a news conference. Turkey was just looking for a “pretext” to shoot down the plane, he said. Mr. Lavrov suggested that the United States
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