Syria Mistakenly Shoots Down a Russian Plane Over the Mediterranean

Putin said it was the result of

Putin "reminded" Netanyahu that such operations "violated Syrian sovereignty" and said "agreements around the prevention of unsafe incidents were not observed".

In recent months, Israel has acknowledged carrying out scores of strikes in Syria, majority believed aimed at halting suspected arms shipments for Hezbollah from Iran, its main backer and Israel's archenemy. 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 Syrian F-16s allegedly used the Russian IL-20 plane, which has far wider reflective area compared to F-16s were shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire from the S-200 missile defense system.

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.

Defying criticisms of Tel Aviv's unlawful military actions against Syrian soil, the Israeli minister for military affairs, Avidgor Lieberman, said Thursday that the regime will not stop such attacks, but would do more to "de-conflict" them with Russian forces. It pointedly accused the Israeli military of deliberately using the Russian plane as cover.

"Moscow views as irresponsible and unfriendly actions of [the] Israeli Air Force, which exposed Russian Il-20 aircraft to danger and lead to death of 15 servicemen", the Russian embassy in Israel stated on Twitter.

Israel has struck targets in both Lebanon and Syria, seeking to thwart Hizballah's ambitions.

Former Israeli National Security Advisor Major General (res.) Ya'akov Amidror, a current senior fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, said in a telephone briefing that striking Iranian targets is a priority mission for Israel.

The Israeli military said its fighter jets were targeting a regime military facility involved in providing weapons for Iran's proxy Hezbollah militia and insisted it warned Russian Federation of the coming raid in accordance with de-confliction agreements.

This frame grab from video released on July 22, 2017, and provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Hezbollah fighters firing a missile at positions of al-Qaeda-linked militants in an area on the Lebanon-Syria border.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials expressed sorrow over the shootdown of the Russian plane and added that American forces were not involved in the incident. President Putin explained that Turkey shot down the Jet but Israel didn't and a chain of tragic events took place that led to the downing.

Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share the information on the Israeli airstrike in Syria, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

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 defence ministry in Moscow accusing Israel of indirectly causing it.

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