Putin: Israeli Air Raid a Breach of Syria's Sovereignty

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 22, 2018

Following Monday's downing of the Russian airplane, Israel was forced to admit that it had carried out strikes targeting a Syrian military facility where weapons manufacturing systems were "about to be transferred on behalf of Iran" to Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has blamed Israel for the incident, which was the worst case of friendly fire between Moscow and his regime since Russian forces intervened in the war-torn country in late 2015.

"The Israeli pilots were using the Russian aircraft as a shield and pushed it into the line of fire of the Syrian defense", Igor Konashenkov, the Russian defense ministry spokesperson, said on Tuesday.

Netanyahu, who has maintained warm personal ties with Putin and frequently traveled to Russian Federation for Syria-focused talks, noted the need for Russian Federation and Israel to continue coordinating their action in Syria. "Gen. Igor Konashenkov. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu called his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, to declare that 'the Israeli side bears full responsibility" for the plane's downing. "A Historical Perspective", in which I argued that, in the historic perspective, the Soviet Union, and later Russia, have not been successful in providing the necessary strategic umbrella to their allied radical Arab regimes during their wars against Israel and the Russian weapons systems have suffered disgraceful defeats at the hands of the Israeli military.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday that Russian experts will study the data to be provided by the Israeli air force chief.

A Syrian missile - part of an anti-aircraft system supplied by Russia - brought down the Russian IL-20 plane over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 servicemen on board.

Putin said earlier that the shooting down was the result of a chain of tragic and chance circumstances and appeared to somewhat defuse the situation though he said Russian Federation needed to look further into what happened. "As for your comparison with the downing of our plane by a Turkish fighter, this was a different situation", Putin said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday warned Hezbollah against attacking Israel, saying any military action by the Lebanon-based terrorist organization would be met with a "crushing blow".

Israel stated it will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry, with an IDF delegation led by IAF Commander Maj. The Russians claim that the Israeli Air Force used the Il-20 as cover under the assumption that the Syrians would not endanger a Russian aircraft.

Israel said the arms deposits contained material and weapons for Lebanon's Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian and anti-Israeli movement.

According to Kremlin press service statement, Putin and Merkel also discussed about overcoming negative trends on global financial markets.

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