Body of downed Russian pilot back in Russia

Updated 3:51 PM EST, Mon November 30, 2015
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Story highlights

NEW: State Department sides with Turkey, says Russian jet was in Turkish airspace

Dignitaries on hand for the arrival of Col. Oleg Peshkov's body, Sputnik news says

Russia and Turkey have been at loggerheads since Turkey shot down the pilot's jet

(CNN) —  

In the bitter debate about where the Russian warplane was flying when it was shot down, the United States has taken Turkey’s side.

The available information indicates the warplane was in Turkish airspace, State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said.

Moscow has steadfastly maintained its jet was over Syria when it was downed.

The State Department announcement came after the body of a Russian pilot who died after the jet was shot down along the Turkey-Syria border was flown back to Russia, according to Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

Col. Oleg Peshkov’s body arrived Monday at the Chkalovsky military airport near Moscow, according to a statement from the ministry.

Russia’s state-run Sputnik news agency reported that Peshkov’s body was met by Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu and Russian air force Commander-in-Chief Victor Bondarev.

Peshkov will be buried in Lipetsk, Russia, as requested by his family, Sputnik reported.

Turkey and Russia disagree on whether the Russian plane was in Turkish airspace when it was shot down, as well as whether any warnings went out to the crew.

Tensions rise as Russia says it’s deploying anti-aircraft missiles to Syria

Russia says its planes were bombing ISIS militants in the area, though Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said only Turkmen – “our brothers and sisters” – were in that region of Syria.

The incident left one pilot dead; another was rescued.

Opinion: Russia will want to make Turkey pay

Erdogan: ‘Let’s talk’

After days of tough talk after the incident, Erdogan struck a more conciliatory tone Saturday, saying his government was “really saddened” by the matter and insisting he did not want to ramp up tensions.

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“We wouldn’t have wished this to happen. But, unfortunately, it did,” he said at an event in Balikesir.