Netanyahu to Putin: ‘Syria responsible for shooting down Russian plane’

September 20, 2018 by Yona Schnitzer - TPS
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the telephone on Tuesday, following Monday’s incident which saw Syrian missile defence systems shoot down a Russian military plane carrying 15 soldiers.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO on 31 May, 2018

The downing happened shortly after the Israeli Air Force carried out an airstrike against an Iranian munitions base in Latakia. Netanyahu expressed his regret over the loss of the 15 Russian soldiers, but insisted that the blame rests with Syria, offering Israel’s full cooperation to Russia in investigating the incident.

On Monday, while responding to an Israeli airstrike, Syrian missile defense systems shot down a Russian plane carrying 15 Russian soldiers over the Mediterranean sea. Moscow blamed Israel for the incident, claiming that they were not briefed in time about the planned strike.

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