Putin explains how Russian jet was shot down off Syria

Lester Mason
September 20, 2018

An IDF delegation led by Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Erez Maisel, as well as additional officers of the Intelligence Directorate, the IAF and the Operations Directorate.

However following anger among Russia's military brass and threats of "retaliation", Putin "reminded" Netanyahu that such operations "violated Syrian sovereignty" and said "agreements around the prevention of unsafe incidents were not observed", according to the Kremlin.

They will also present the ongoing attempts by Iran to transfer strategic weapons to Hezbollah as well as it's entrenchment in Syria. -Gen. Ronen Manelis expressed his regret over the downing of the plane but placed the blame exclusively on the Assad regime.

"On Thursday morning, a delegation of Israel's Defense Forces headed by Major General Amikan Norkin, the Air Force Commander, will head to Moscow after the downing of a Russian plane by a Syrian missile on Monday night", says the communique circulated by the military. "Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organization accountable for this unfortunate incident".

In a Wednesday analysis piece in Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Israeli military analyst Ron Ben Yishai said that Israel would - in response to the incident - try to persuade Russian Federation not to give Syria its advanced S-300 air-defense system.

"These weapons were meant to attack Israel and posed an intolerable threat against it", he said on a call with reporters on Tuesday. However, the IDF made a rare immediate admission of responsibility on Tuesday, after the Russian Defense Ministry identified Israeli F-16 jets as taking part in the attack, and said the Il-20 aerial observation platform vanished from radars during the strike.

The Russian military has accused Israeli pilots of using the Russian plane as a cover, "exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences". The ministry accused the Israeli army of "intentional provocation" and said Israel did not warn Russian Federation of its operation in the area until one minute before the strike.

Hours after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held Syria responsible for the fatal crash of Russia's Il-20 aircraft, President Vladimir Putin tried to defuse the situation by calling the incident a tragic chance event. "This absolutely does not correspond to the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership".

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 defense ministry in Moscow accusing Israel of indirectly causing it.

Manelis denied the reports, saying that the deconflication mechanism implemented with Russian Federation over Syria to coordinate their actions in order avoid accidental clashes in Syrian airspace "was in use tonight like it has been in use in the past".

Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.

Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria for that reason.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article