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Netanyahu regrets death of Russian troops in Syria
September 18, 2018, 6:32 pm

Netanyahu and Putin, who have met several times this year and enjoy good relations, spoke on the phone to diffuse tensions after the downing of the Russian military aircraft [PPIO]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he regretted the deaths of 15 Russian soldiers aboard a downed IL-20 military surveillance plane but blamed the Syrians for shooting it down over the port town of Latakia.

During a phone call between the two leaders a day after the incident, Netanyahu promised Putin that Israel would cooperate in an investigation over the matter, and offered to dispatch the head of the Israeli air force to Moscow.

The Russian military on Tuesday squarely blamed Israel for the downing of the Russian surveillance plane.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Israel launched air raids over Syrian territory when it knew that the Russian plane would be near Syrian airspace.

The Russian plane was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft defense systems.

Shoigu spoke to his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on the phone and said: “The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.”

The shooting down of the Russian military aircraft comes a day after Syrian military sources said that they shot down a number of Israeli missiles fired into their territory.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador in Moscow and informed him that Israeli military action in and around Syria was “reckless”.

Israel said that it “expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members” of the Russian plane.

However, blamed the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad as well as Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

One Response to Netanyahu regrets death of Russian troops in Syria

  1. lisa Reply

    September 25, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    “Bibi” – and so many other barbarian criminal psychopaths – have been enabled by their own people to gain power. All dictatorships control by soft power-money (symbolic of female or mother) and hard power-violence (symbolic of the male or father.) And
    the majority of everyday person and citizen is a follower and enabler. That is why nothing changes. People ruled by fear and/or desire to “fit in” only leads to more and more violence, and then collapse. Then the insane cycle of tyranny begins again, only the faces and names change.

    Human, a lost, blind, ignorant fool he is. Given a paradise of the garden Earth, he rapes and murders life with his artifice, his weapons, technology, a soulless demon.

    When these life-haters such as Bibi enter the next world, this precious Earth will even reject their decomposed corpses as unacceptable even for compost pile.

    Life. Precious beyond any of man’s egotistical valuations. Russia, you are imperfect as we all are, but your leaders have better character and hearts than most leaders, and unfortunately there are psychopaths such as Bibi that one must never ever trust.

    I send my heart to Russia for their heavy loss.

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