Putin warns Israel over Russian plane downing

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Naftali Bennett, another far-right member of Mr Netanyahu's security cabinet, said "deconfliction mechanisms" would be improved, referring to a Russian-Israeli hotline created to avoid inadvertent clashes with forces Moscow sent to Syria as part of a military intervention mounted in 2015. Fifteen Russian servicemen were killed during the incident, but officials in Moscow and Tel Aviv moved quickly to defuse tensions even though the Russian Ministry of Defense initially responded with fury against the Israelis.

"In return, we will ensure that radical groups, which we will designate together with Russian Federation, won't be active in the relevant area", he added.

The Defense Ministry said that using the Russian aircraft as a shield against Syrian air defense systems was an "irresponsible action" of the Israeli army and it led the accident.

"As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of the F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system". 'Until now, Russia's armed forces have granted Israeli jets the freedom to strike targets in Syria at will, on the condition that a sufficiently early warning is provided to Russian Federation, ' said Charles Lister, a Syria expert with the Washington-based Middle East Institute. Russian Federation has said Syria shot the plane down shortly after Israeli jets hit the area, and accused Israel of creating the unsafe conditions by failing to give sufficient advance notice.

Russia, along with Iran, has given Syrian President Bashar al-Assad support throughout the country's seven-year civil war, which began with a government crackdown on protesters in March 2011.

Israeli army spokesman Brig.

"The performance prepared with the White Helmets' help, which was meant to fake a chemical weapons attack by the government forces during a planned military operation in Idlib, has turned out to be absolutely beside the point now", he said. "Shoigu, the defence minister, warned his Israeli counterpart that 'we won't leave such action without response".

A senior Israeli military delegation left for Moscow on Thursday in an attempt to calm Russian anger over Syria downing one of its planes.

Meanwhile, Israel's air force chief is expected to fly to Moscow on Thursday to brief Russian President Vladimir Putin on the incident. Prime Minister Netanyahu has visited Putin in Moscow nine times since 2015, mostly to ensure Russia's tacit approval of Israeli strikes in Syria, where Russian Federation maintains a sizable troop presence and influence.

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But he added that Russian Federation needed to "seriously get to the bottom of what happened" and said he accepted Israel's offer to provide information and that his government would study the details.

Later Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telephoned Putin.

Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people aboard on Monday. Monday's attack was against a city very close to the base.

There was no mention of casualties, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition watchdog based in the United Kingdom, said the attack, which had targeted the munitions depot, left two Syrian servicemen killed and at least 10 other people injured. They started their target run at a low altitude from the Mediterranean Sea. "The Turkish fighter deliberately shot down our aircraft". That attack spurred a diplomatic row that saw Moscow impose economic sanctions on Ankara.

In striking the deal, Russian Federation appears - at least for now - to have put its ties with Turkey ahead of advancing the goal of bringing all Syria back under Assad's rule. In response to Israeli worries, Russian Federation also has shelved plans to arm Syria with sophisticated air defence assets, such as the long-range S-300 systems that could pose a significant threat to Israeli aircraft.

Monday's downing also hinted at the complicated relationship Russian Federation has with al-Assad and Iran.

Tel Aviv claimed that its strike was motivated by intelligence that weapons located there were being transferred from Iran to the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah.

That hot-and-cold attitude was on display Monday, when Russian Federation and Turkey announced a demilitarized zone in Idlib, the northwestern Syrian province that has become the last redoubt of the rebels.

"Issues of the Syrian settlement were discussed, and the Russian president informed (Merkel) about the Russian-Turkish agreements on stabilization in the Idlib de-escalation zone, reached at the talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on September 17", it said.

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