Russian Federation says 'misled' by Israel in plane downing over Syria

The Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane of the Russian air force with the registration number RF 93610 which was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli air strike

Russian Federation says 'misled' by Israel in plane downing over Syria

Earlier this week, an Israeli delegation led by Amikam Norkin, the regime's air force commander, visited Moscow to brief Russian officials on Tel Aviv's initial investigation into the incident.

Russia's Defense Ministry has doubled down on its allegation that Israel is to blame for the downing of a Russian military plane over the eastern Mediterranean Sea almost a week ago, saying it was caused by "misleading information" provided by the Israeli military.

The Russian defense ministry published a minute-by-minute account of the Il-20 downing, stressing that the blame for the crash "lies entirely with the Israeli Air Force".

The 1973 Arab-Israeli war saw Egypt and Syria carry out a surprise attack on Israel on Yom Kippur, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. Gen. Igor Konashenkov speaks at a briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry building in Moscow, Russia.

This "made it impossible to direct the Il-20 aircraft to a safe area", Konashenkov also said, adding that the ministry had a record of the conversation between Russian personnel and an Israeli officer.

According to the ministry, Israel indirectly caused the incident because at the time of the incident it was attacking targets within Syria and gave Russian Federation a one minute warning.

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Israel's military said in a statement its jets "did not hide behind any aircraft and that the Israeli aircraft were in Israeli airspace at the time of the downing of the Russian plane".

Former Israeli general and National Security Council Chief Yaakov Amidror said he does not expect Iran to leave the 2015 nuclear deal, despite political pressures that followed the United States' departure this year. "They fired quite recklessly and irresponsibly and unprofessionally into the air long after our planes were no longer there".

An Israeli report presents a detailed description of the events leading up to Syria shooting down a Russian spy plane, which occurred when Assad's forces responded to an Israeli airstrike.

Konashenkov said an Israeli fighter jet flying over Syria's Mediterranean coast shortly before the downing deliberately used the Russian plane as a shield, reflecting "either lack of professionalism or criminal negligence".

"This is a very ungrateful response to everything Russian Federation has done for Israel", he said.

Israel says it was targeting a Syrian military facility where weapons manufacturing systems were "about to be transferred on behalf of Iran" to Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.

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