February 10, 2017 / 2:57 PM / 5 months ago

Turkish military says Russia had coordinates of soldiers hit in air strike

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ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish military said on Friday it had given the coordinates of the building in Syria where three Turkish soldiers were accidentally killed in a Russian air strike to its Russian counterparts a day before the incident.

The Kremlin earlier said that the air strikes were launched based on coordinates provided by the Turkish army but that Turkish soldiers were not supposed to have been at the location.

The Turkish statement said the soldiers had been in the same position for 10 days and that their coordinates had been communicated to Russia's Khmeimim air base in Syria, and in person to the Russian military attache in Ankara.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Nick Tattersall

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