Turkey preparing to hand over body of pilot to Russia: PM

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ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) -- The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

The body is being treated in accordance with the Orthodox tradition, Davutoglu said in a news conference in Ankara on Sunday before going to Brussels for a meeting with EU leaders on migration.

He did not say how the body was delivered to Hatay in southern Turkey but said Russia's military attache was going there on Sunday as part of procedures to recover the remains.

Relations between Turkey and Russia have sharply deteriorated since Tuesday's incident, with Russia imposing economic sanctions and revoking a visa-free agreement, while Turkey has sought to cool tensions, seeing the Paris climate change talks that start this week as a chance to mend ties.

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An image grab made from a video shows a burning Russian fighter jet coming down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, in Hatay on November 24, 2015. NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border today, threatening a major spike in tensions between two key protagonists in the four-year Syria civil war. AFP PHOTO / IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / AFP / IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: Unidentified aircraft goes down in Kizildag region of Turkey's Hatay province, close to the Syrian border, on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft, which went down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak, belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FILE In this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, a Russian Su-24 takes off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. (AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, a Russian Su-24 bomber rolls to take off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase in Syria. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. (AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov, File)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: Unidentified aircraft goes down in Kizildag region of Turkey's Hatay province, close to the Syrian border, on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft, which went down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak, belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: A warplane goes down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: Unidentified aircraft goes down in Kizildag region of Turkey's Hatay province, close to the Syrian border, on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft, which went down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak, belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: Unidentified aircraft goes down in Kizildag region of Turkey's Hatay province, close to the Syrian border, on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft, which went down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak, belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: A warplane goes down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: A person parachutes out of a warplane which went down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: Smoke rises as the Syrian regime forces attack the region where Russian warplane downed within the framework of engagement rules by Turkey in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border on November 24, 2015. (Photo by Ramazan Ãzdemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: Smoke rises after a warplane crashed in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: Smoke rises after a warplane crashed in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border on November 24, 2015. It remains unclear to which country the aircraft belongs to. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Davutoglu said that with different coalitions operating in Syria with differing objectives, similar incidents to that of the downing of the Russian jet could happen unless there was information sharing and coordination.

Both United States along with other allies, including Turkey, as well as Russia are carrying out air campaigns against Islamic State and other groups.

Russia and Turkey have accused each other of aiding Islamic State, but both say they are battling the militants who have taken swathes of land in Iraq and Syria.

However, Russia sides with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has been accused by the West of using its bombing campaign to help him instead of targeting Islamic State.

Turkey meanwhile wants Assad gone and has been supporting rebels fighting him.

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