Russian Federation blames Israel after plane shot down in Syria

Russian Federation blames Israel after plane shot down in Syria

Russian Federation blames Israel after plane shot down in Syria

The Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane of the Russian air force with the registration number RF 93610, which was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli air strike flays near Kubinka airport, outside Moscow, Russia.

Arguing that the military manuevers leading up to their plane being shot down were intentional, Konashenkov said the Israelis "deliberately staged this provocation" and accused Israel of creating a unsafe situation for both aircraft and sea vessels operating in that area.

The Russian Defense Ministry said a missile from Syria's S-200 air defense system shot down the Il-20 surveillance plane with Russian servicemen by mistake because an Israeli airstrike took place at the same time, blaming a simultaneous Israeli strike as the cause of the mistake.

"We view the actions of the Israeli military as hostile", Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian state television. It said the Syrian army fired the missiles that hit the Russian plane when the Israeli jets had already returned to Israeli airspace.

"In addition, they will present the continuous Iranian attempts to transfer strategic weapons to the Hezbollah terror organization and to establish an Iranian military presence in Syria". But, without any doubt we need to seriously get to the bottom of what happened.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday offered condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the death of Russian soldiers during a recent Israeli missile attack on Syria, state news agency SANA reported.

Putin said he had signed off on the defence ministry statement. Israel expressed sorrow for the deaths, but said responsibility for them lay with the Syrian military, as well as with Iran and Hezbollah.

Russia said the Israeli aircraft "pushed" the Russian plane into the line of fire.

The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement says it has acquired sophisticated rockets despite Israel's efforts to prevent it obtaining them. "Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry", the IDF said.

Stressing that Lebanon "cannot be separated from what's happening in the region", Nasrallah noted that Lebanon's so-called dissociation policy is "a serious controversial issue in Lebanon, seeing as the events in the region are critical for the Lebanese people".

Israel, which in 2006 fought a war with Hezbollah, has conducted air strikes in Syria aimed at stopping Iran supplying its ally with advanced weaponry.

Israel and Russian Federation have been using a deconfliction mechanism in Syria to avoid any unwanted conflict between them.

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