It has been reported by Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily that the Turkish man responsible for killing a Russian pilot that was downed by Turkey near the Turkish-Syrian border has appeared at a funeral in Istanbul, the country’s largest city. He claims he will be returning to Syria.
“I am here and there. I am going and returning. And now, I came for the funeral ceremony and I will go again,” said Alparslan Çelik, the son of a former district mayor elected from Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), while speaking to reporters on Jan. 27 during the funeral ceremony of İbrahim Küçük, the head of the MHP bureau in Istanbul’s Fatih district who was killed by aerial bombardment in a Turkmen village in Syria.
Çelik attended the funeral of another Turkish terrorist named Küçük, who was killed by Russian airstrikes whilst fighting against the Syrian Arab Army in Latakia province.
Çelik became infamous after he claimed to have killed Russian pilot Peshkov.
“The martyr [Küçük] was our friend. He was with us in Bayırbucak and Turkmen Mountain. We were together,” Çelik said, adding he has been occasionally crossing into Syria.
“That pilot bombed us five minutes [before Turkey downed the Russian jet] and our brothers were killed or wounded by these bombs. There is no place for a person who has bombed civilian Turkmens every day in my conscious,” Çelik had said.
“Reprisal is the most natural right. There is life in reprisal,” he added.
Russia has demanded that Çelik, who killed Russian pilot Peshkov midair with gunfire after he ejected from the plane, be arrested as this constituted as a war crime.