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Russian Federation wants Israel to give more data on plane downing near Syria

22 September 2018

The Russian military said the plane was hit 35 kilometres offshore late Monday night as it was returning to the Russian air base in Syria.

"We view the actions of the Israeli military as hostile", Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian state television. "Because if he confronts us, he will receive a crushing blow he can't even imagine", added Netanyahu.

The Russian military accused Israeli pilots of using "the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defenses".

Israeli satellite operator ImageSat International (iSi) published satellite photos emerge aftermath of the recent airstrikes conducted by Israeli jets on the coastal city of Lattakia.

Timely released satellite images have revealed the destruction left by IDF air strikes in Syria's Latakia after Israel was forced to make a rare admission to the raid which resulted in the downing of the Russian Il-20 recon plane.

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A more powerful underlying motive, however, is the frustration of USA imperialism and its allies, Israel and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation powers, over the increasing consolidation of control over Syria by the Russian-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad and the failure of the Al Qaeda-linked militias that they backed in a proxy war for regime change.

Israel has mainly struck Iranian targets in Syria and weapon convoys en route to Hezbollah in Lebanon. These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it, according to IAF.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement expressing sorrow for the incident, which killed 15 Russian servicemen.

"Sometimes they do hit places that are connected to weapons - that they know of - but numerous attacks are not related to that at all", he said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed the matter with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday, warning that Moscow could retaliate with unspecified "measures". Asked Thursday if Russian Federation was satisfied with Syria's message, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said only, "the telegram has been received", Tass reported. The Russian leader urged Netanyahu "not to allow such situations in the future.' Netanyahu also offered to dispatch the Israeli air force chief to Moscow to share details and noted the importance of the continuation of security co-ordination between Israel and Russia".

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, August 12, 2018.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the telephone on Tuesday, following Monday's incident which saw Syrian missile defence systems shoot down a Russian military plane carrying 15 soldiers.

Although it insists it has not interfered in the seven-year civil war in Syria, Israel has acknowledged striking hundreds of Iranian-affiliated targets, saying the attacks are aimed at hobbling Iran's impact in the region and preventing its entrenchment in Syria.

Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday.

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Russian Federation wants Israel to give more data on plane downing near Syria