Russian Special Forces are looking for Alparslan Celik who is being held responsible for the death of a Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov.
Celik has never directly confirmed or denied the circumstances of the pilot’s death.
Turkish newspapers Thursday carried pictures of Celik attending the funeral in Istanbul’s Fatih district this week of Ibrahim Kucuk, a Turkish nationalist local politician who was killed fighting with a Turkmen militia in Syria.
It was Celik’s first appearance inside Turkey since the shooting down of the Russian Su-24 and Peshkov’s killing caused an unprecedented crisis in relations between Ankara and Moscow.
Celik, the son of a prominent local politician from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), has since 2014 been fighting alongside Turkmen forces in Syria.
He said that “I don’t have any such fear (of being targeted by Russia). We will continue our struggle until the last drop of our blood flows”.
The Hurriyet daily quoted Celik as saying at the funeral in Istanbul that he went “in-and-out” of Syria and would be going there again.