Russia says one pilot, rescuer killed in downing of fighter jet: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian pilot was shot dead from the ground after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet in Syria and another soldier died during the rescue operation, Russia's military general staff said on Tuesday.

The Russian Defence Ministry has suspended military contact with Turkey over the incident and a Russian warship will be deployed to waters off Syria's western Latakia province, Russian news agencies reported.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; editing by Polina Devitt)