Israel air force chief to give Moscow findings on plane downing

22 Septembre, 2018, 21:36 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Putin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane off Syrian coast

It said the Syrian army fired the missiles that hit the Russian plane when the Israeli jets had already returned to Israeli airspace.

The Kremlin said Putin also warned Netanyahu against carrying out such operations in the future.

Timely released satellite images have revealed the destruction left by IDF air strikes in Syria's Latakia after Israel was forced to make a rare admission to the raid which resulted in the downing of the Russian Il-20 recon plane.

Israeli army spokesman Brig. It expressed "sorrow" for the Russian deaths, but insisted the Russian plane had been felled by "extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (surface-to-air missile) fire".

Israel has admitted to striking Syria to prevent what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to Lebanon's Hezbollah, an armed movement backed by Iran and which fights alongside Syrian troops.

"These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it", it stressed.

"We decided on the establishment of a region that is cleaned of weapons between the areas which are under the control of the opposition and the regime", said Erdogan.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, on Tuesday that Moscow held Israel "wholly to blame" for the shootdown. Washington would nearly certainly respond militarily to any Russian retaliation against the Israeli action in Latakia.

Earlier, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a letter of condolences to Putin over the deaths of Russian servicemen, saying the incident can not undermine the resolve of Moscow and Damascus to fight the terrorists. Prime Minister Netanyahu has visited Putin in Moscow nine times since 2015, mostly to ensure Russia's tacit approval of Israeli strikes in Syria, where Russian Federation maintains a sizable troop presence and influence. "We will stay there until further notice", Nasrallah said.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, August 12, 2018.

Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu would speak directly to President Putin by phone to express condolences and explain that it was the "indiscriminate" fire by Syrian forces that was responsible.

Syrian missile forces on Monday mistook the Russian Il-20 for an Israeli aircraft, shooting it down and killing all 15 people aboard.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that some 7,000 people have returned to their towns and villages since Monday when Russian Federation and Turkey announced the deal.

The incident initially appeared likely to cause friction between two countries that back opposing sides in Syria's complex civil war, with the head of the defence ministry in Moscow accusing Israel of indirectly causing it. They started their target run at a low altitude from the Mediterranean Sea.

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