Israel to present findings in Moscow over downing of Russian plane

The Latest: Russia says Syrian missile brought down aircraft

The Latest: Russia says Syrian missile brought down aircraft

The Head of the Foreign Relations Division, Brig.

According to the preliminary investigation launched by the Israeli Air Force, the Russian Ilyushin military plane was not within the area of operation of Israeli jets, and when it was struck all Israeli jets which took part in the operation had already returned to Israeli territory.

"The IDF delegation led by the Commander of the IAF, Maj".

They will also present the ongoing attempts by Iran to transfer strategic weapons to Hezbollah as well as it's entrenchment in Syria.

Though the Russian military condemned " these provocative actions by Israel as hostile" and said it reserves "the right to an adequate response", President Putin described the loss of the plane as a likely "chain of tragic accidental circumstances", rather than a deliberate provocation. These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it.

"On behalf of the Syrian people and by my name, we express our deep condolence over the fall of the Russian jet on the Mediterranean, causing the martyrdom of the Russian heroes who were doing their noble duties along with their colleagues of the Russian military forces in the fight against terrorism in Syria", Assad said in his letter of condolences to Putin.

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At the time of the incident, Israeli jets were attacking targets in Syria and had only given Moscow one minute's warning, putting the Russian aircraft in danger of being caught in cross-fire, said the ministry.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a telephone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday, stating that Israel is exclusively to blame for the downing of Russia's Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea.

"Israel expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed ... due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire".

Putin was visiting a military-themed park called Patriot in the Moscow region where he laid the foundation stone for a Russian Orthodox Church. "This absolutely does not correspond to the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership". Peskov has pointed out that the Russian president relies on the information provided by the Russian Defense Ministry, but then added that Israel's information will be also examined by Russian experts. "This system was in use tonight as well".

Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria for that reason.

Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.

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