Russia’s Protection Ministry warned it may retaliate in opposition to Israel on Tuesday after one in every of its surveillance plane with 15 individuals on board was introduced down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile over the Mediterranean Sea. Rescuers discovered the wreckage about 17 miles off the Syrian coast and recovered the stays of the 15 Russian service members.
The Russian navy mentioned the airplane was hit accidentally by one of many Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missiles, which had been aimed toward 4 Israeli F-16 fighter jets that have been attacking targets within the coastal province of Latakia late on Monday.
Russia mentioned the Israeli plane “pushed” the Russian Ilyushin 20 (IL-20) surveillance turboprop airplane into the road of fireplace. The ministry accused the Israeli military of “intentional provocation” and mentioned Israel didn’t warn Russia of its operation within the space till one minute earlier than the strike.
“Utilizing the Russian jet as a protect, the Israeli pilots put it within the fireplace of Syrian air protection programs,” Russian media quoted Protection Ministry spokesman Main Basic Igor Konashenkov as saying. “Because of the irresponsible actions by the Israeli navy, 15 Russian servicemen have died. That is completely out of line with the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership. We reserve the precise to take acceptable motion in response.”
Talking later Tuesday in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Russia’s response to the incident could be targeted on “securing the security” of Russian forces in Syria. “It slightly appears like a sequence of tragic unintended circumstances,” Putin mentioned.
Russia has been a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad and it has two navy bases within the nation, together with one near the Mediterranean coast.
The Israeli navy issued a press release later Tuesday acknowledging the shoot-down and expressing “sorrow for the loss of life of the aircrew members,” however blaming Syrian forces for utilizing an “inaccurate” missile system with out making certain their Russian companions have been away from the world.
The Israel Protection Forces (IDF) mentioned in a press release that its fighter jets had “focused a facility of the Syrian Armed Forces from which programs to fabricate correct and deadly weapons have been about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon. These weapons have been meant to assault Israel, and posed an insupportable menace in opposition to it.”
Israel has carried out aconcentrating on what’s says are weapons shipments meant for Iran or Iranian-backed Hezbollah, an extremist group based mostly in Lebanon and deemed a terrorist group by each the U.S. and Israel.
The IDF assertion mentioned the Syrian missiles which downed the Russian airplane have been fired after the Israeli jets had already returned to Israeli airspace.
Russia summoned the Israeli ambassador in Moscow to the Overseas Ministry on Tuesday to register a proper protest over the incident.
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