Israel showed Russian Federation proof Syria to blame for downed plane: Israeli military

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2018

The Israeli delegation also shared intelligence regarding Iranian efforts to establish a permanent military presence in Syria and to transfer advanced weaponry to terrorist groups in the region, the army said.

I expressed my regret and that of the citizens of Israel over the deaths of the 15 Russian air crew members, whose plane was brought down by Syrian fire.

Deputy Speaker of the Knesset MK Tali Ploskov (Kulanu) met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Conference of Euro-Asian Women, which included some of Euro-Asia's female leaders.

Intelligence Minister Israel Katz says Russian President Vladimir Putin is refusing to answer telephone calls from Syrian President Bashar Assad after Syrian air defense forces downed a Russian plane off the coast of Syria during an Israeli airstrike earlier in the week.

Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday demanded "further inquiries and explanations from Israel", on the incident.

On the same day, the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv lashed out at Israel for its "irresponsible and unfriendly actions", and pinned the blame on Israel's Air Force, which was conducting aerial assaults against Syrian army positions when the incident happened. Gen. Amikam Norkin, to Moscow to share with their Russian counterparts the IDF's initial findings, which the army said showed Syria, not Israel, was responsible for the downing of the plane.

On Thursday, a delegation of Israeli military officers led by the air force chief, Maj.

More than 20 Syrian anti-aircraft missiles were fired during the incident, the official said.

"We definitely gave a warning time much longer than one minute, we acted in accordance with the standard operating procedures that are in place with the Russian military, this time as we have done before".

Any dispute between Israel and Russian Federation could lessen Israel's ability to carry out air strikes inside Syria against what it regards as the greatest threat to Israel's security from the country's civil war - build-ups of Iranian forces or those of Iran's Shi'ite ally, Hezbollah.

Since intervening in Syria in 2015, Russian Federation has usually turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks.

The Israeli official said the meeting in Moscow was an opportunity to improve the mechanism the countries have been using to avoid unintended confrontations.

"But our freedom of movement is paramount". "Both sides emphasized the importance of the states' interests and the continued implementation of the deconfliction system".

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