Russian Federation to Study Israeli Data Related to Downed Plane

Assad Media Accuse Israel of Strikes Targeting ‘Syrian Army Infrastructure’ AFP

Assad Media Accuse Israel of Strikes Targeting ‘Syrian Army Infrastructure’ AFP

We are pleased that Israel responded swiftly by sending a high-level delegation to Russian Federation, led by Air Force commander Maj.

Though the Russian military condemned " these provocative actions by Israel as hostile" and said it reserves "the right to an adequate response", President Putin described the loss of the plane as a likely "chain of tragic accidental circumstances", rather than a deliberate provocation.

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

Indeed, in this particular case, it seems that the Syrian air defense forces on the ground misidentified the Russian surveillance plane during the Israeli strike. The official is due to arrive in Moscow on Thursday.

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.

Israel insisted it warned Russian forces of its raid ahead of time in accordance with previous agreements.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that the country "will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.". "We will do everything so as not to harm anyone we do not intend to, God forbid", Bennett told Army Radio in a separate interview.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday accused Israeli pilots of "unprofessionalism" and said that Russia still needs to hear more "explanations from Israel". "As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian service personnel perished".

According to the IAF's preliminary investigation, as reported by The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim, the Russian plane was not within the area of operation of Israeli jets, and all jets that took part in the operation had already returned to Israeli territory when the Russian plane was hit. On Tuesday, the IDF expressed " sorrow" for the deaths of Russian airmen, but once again said the responsibility lies with the "Assad regime".

The IDF also promised to cooperate with Russian Federation to help investigate the incident.

Hezbollah has thousands of fighters in Syria supporting President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war. "If Israel imposes a war on Lebanon, Israel will face a destiny and reality it didn't expect on any day", Nasrallah added.

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged on Tuesday that there had been "a chain of tragic, accidental circumstances", he did complain to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that "Russian-Israeli agreements on preventing unsafe incidents had not been observed".

Israel on Tuesday blamed Syria, saying its anti-aircraft batteries "fired indiscriminately" and failed to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.

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