Russia, Turkey still working on Idlib deal but optimistic

Russia, Turkey still working on Idlib deal but optimistic

Russia, Turkey still working on Idlib deal but optimistic

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. Asked Thursday if Russian Federation was satisfied with Syria's message, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said only, "the telegram has been received", Tass reported.

Israel's airforce chief, Major-General Amikam Norkin, will fly to Moscow on Thursday to present Israel's findings after an incident in which a Russian military plane was downed, Israel's military said.

Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu would speak directly to President Putin by phone to express condolences and explain that it was the "indiscriminate" fire by Syrian forces that was responsible.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has stated in its initial inquiry that extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (Surface to Air missile) fire caused the Russian plane to be hit and downed.

"We view the actions of the Israeli military as hostile", Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian state television.

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Russian Federation has largely given Israel permission to strike targets in Syria on the condition that Jerusalem warns Moscow of the attacks.

A senior Israeli military delegation left for Moscow on Thursday in an attempt to calm Russian anger over Syria downing one of its planes. The Kremlin added, "The president of Russian Federation urged the Israeli side not to allow such situations from now on".

Israel worries Hezbollah has been improving its capabilities and increased its strikes in Syria to prevent weapons shipments to the group. Israeli officials say Israel has carried out about 200.

Fifteen Russian crew were killed when the IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria on Monday.

"It is a very important target for Israel to prevent the Iranians from building this independent war machine in Syria and to prevent the Iranians from transferring game-changer weapons systems into the hands of Hezbollah". But Putin took a more cautious tone, describing the incident as 'a chain of tragic accidental circumstances.' At the same time, he said Russian Federation will respond by 'taking additional steps to protect our servicemen and assets in Syria.' 'It will be the steps that everyone will notice, ' he said. Agreements that the Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached in Sochi over Idlib "allowed preserving Syria's territorial integrity and averting the West's aggression", Nidal Sabi, a Lebanese political analyst, told TASS on Wednesday. The IDF has worked closely with Russian Federation to ensure that Israel can maintain freedom to maneuver in Syria, focused on diminishing the substantial Iranian support for Hezbollah and defending the Jewish State as necessary. "If Russia is interested in bringing peace to Syria, it should make sure Iran and its militias leave Syria once and for all", James Jeffrey, United States Special Representative for Syria said in a statement about Syria.

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