Russia blames Israel after Syrian forces accidentally shoot down Russian plane

Russian military jet disappears over Syria

Russian Federation has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks on Iranian forces in Syria and the two countries' militaries maintain a hotline to avoid mistakes.

The country's defence ministry said the IL-20 jet disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off the coast late on Monday as it was returning to Hmeimim airbase near the Syrian city of Lattakia.

It accused Israel on Tuesday of putting the plane in danger of being caught in the crossfire of Israeli airstrikes and Syrian anti-aircraft systems, and the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Israel's ambassador in Moscow.

At approximately 10 P.M. Monday night four Israeli F-16 warplanes approached a Syria or Iranian military facility close to Latakia in northwestern Syria while firing missiles at the target.

In an attempt to strike back against the Israelis, the Syrians launched extensive anti-aircraft fire, the official said and the Russian aircraft was hit.

In recent weeks, Russian officials have repeatedly said that rebels in Idlib were preparing a chemical weapons attack that could be blamed on the Syrian Government and prompt a retaliatory strike by the West.

"Two bodies were found", he told AFP, adding that he could not immediately confirm whether the casualties were soldiers or militiamen from the forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "Nevertheless, they deliberately carried out this provocation", Mr. Konashenkov said. Russia's presence in Latakia includes a large naval base, which was reportedly under attack by an unclaimed missile strike that Syria alleges to have come from Israel.

Russia's Defense Ministry on Monday said one of its planes carrying 14 people on board "disappeared from the radar during the Israeli attack" after Syria's state media reported that its air defenses had engaged a barrage of rockets fired from the ocean.

According to Konashenkov, the Israelis had given Russian Federation "less than one-minute" warning before the 10 pm strike on Latakia province, where Russian Federation has a base. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, according to Russian media.

It has also admitted to striking Syria to prevent what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to Lebanon's Hezbollah militia, which fights alongside Syrian troops and is an arch-foe of Israel.

The Israeli military said it had coordinated with Russian Federation ahead of the attack, though it did not address Moscow's specific claims about the amount of time between the notification and the airstrike itself.

Israel's military declined to comment, as did the prime minister's office and the Foreign Ministry. But Moscow says they were informed of the Israeli raid with only one minute's notice. This is absolutely not in line with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership.

Throughout the fighting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has maintained continuous contact with Russian Federation. Israeli military officials have previously praised its effectiveness. In some cases, those countries are backing opposing sides in the Syrian war.

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