The surviving crew member of a Russian fighter jet shot down by Turkey said on Wednesday the plane received no warnings from the Turkish Air Force and did not fly over Turkish air space, Russian news agencies reported.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier said thata second pilot from a Russian warplane that was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border has been rescued.
Putin was speaking in televised comments on Wednesday after Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies that the man was rescued in a 12-hour operation that ended in the early hours on Wednesday and is now "safe and sound" at Russia's air base in a government-controlled area in Syria.
"One on board was wounded when he parachuted down and killed in a savage way on the ground by the jihadists in the area and the other managed to escape and, according to the latest information, has been picked up by the Syrian army and should be going back to the Russian air force base," Russian Ambassador to France Alexandre Orlov also told Europe 1 radio early on Wednesday.
The other pilot of the Su-24 jet was reported dead.
According to the first reports in Russia, the plane was hit from the ground, but Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed later on Tuesday that the plane was shot down by Turkish jets with an air-to-air missile.
One of the two Russian pilots who managed to eject themselves was killed, according to the first reports. The private Doğan news agency later reported that both pilots were shot dead after they ejected from the plane, according to Syrian Turkmen commander Alpaslan Çelik. It had also been reported that one of the Russian helicopters searching for the pilots was shot down by rebel forces.
In the meantime, the Hürriyet daily reported on its website late on Tuesday that, according to Turkish security sources, the Russian pilots are alive and in the hands of Syrian rebel forces. Videos circulated on the Internet showing a dead Russian pilot. Hürriyet argued that the Russian pilot in those videos was from a Russian helicopter which was downed by rebel forces. Sources from the Turkish Prime Ministry have confirmed that the Russian pilots are alive.