Syria's Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane
20 September, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Donnie King
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.
However, he insisted the Russian plane had been felled by "extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (fire)".
Israel's air force commander was set to lead a delegation to Moscow on Thursday (Sep 20) to share the military's findings on the Syrian downing of a Russian warplane following Israeli air strikes.
The Defense Ministry went on to hold Israel was "solely responsible" for the incident, going on to accuse the self-proclaimed Jewish state of committing "irresponsible actions" in Syrian airspace.
The Israeli military said its jets had targeted a Syrian site that was in the process of transferring weapons to Iran-backed Hizballah militants.
Russian President Vladmir Putin described the incident as the result of "tragic accidental circumstances", warning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against carrying out such operations in the future and pledging to beef up security for Russian forces in Syria.
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There was no immediate word from Damascus, but the deadly air war sequence started when Israeli missiles struck the coastal region of Latakia on Monday.
The Israel army also blamed Lebanon's Hezbollah group, a key ally of the Assad regime.
But when pressed during the interview, Lieberman avoided asserting Israeli "freedom of action" over Syria, a term he has used in the past. He also said despite Russia's anger over the incident, Israel would continue to operate in Syria in order to fight Iran's activities in the country.
"Netanyahu will likely persuade Russian Federation not to carry out its threat [to deliver the air-defense system] in response to the aircraft incident", the analyst wrote.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials expressedsorrow over the shootdown of the Russian plane and added that American forces were not involved in the incident.
The incident marked the first mistake strike between Syria and Russian Federation, which is the main ally to the Syrian government.
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