The Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation (RF) has blamed Israel for the collapse of the Russian military aircraft Il-20 in Syria. This was stated by the official representative of the defense Ministry of Russia Igor Konashenkov.
About it reports “RBC-Ukraine” with reference to Russian media.
According to Konashenkov, “Israeli means of control of the aircraft and the pilots of the F-16 could not see the Russian aircraft as it was landing from a height of 5 km.”
He also added that “under the guise of a Russian Il-20” Israeli pilots “exposed him to the fire of air defense of Syria.”
Thus, the Russian defense Ministry acknowledged the fact that Il-20 was hit by the air defense system of Syria.
“We regard the data of provocative Israeli actions as hostile. The result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military killed 15 Russian soldiers. We reserve the right to take adequate retaliatory steps,” he said.
In turn representatives of the Israeli Embassy in Moscow did not comment on the involvement of aviation in the country the death of a Russian Il-20 aircraft in Syria.
“No comment,” said the Israeli Embassy.
Recall that on 18 September, the aircraft electronic warfare Il-20 disappeared over the Mediterranean sea. It happened during the attack, Israeli F-16 fighters in the Latakia province. At the time of disappearance was recorded rocket launches from French frigate’auvergne. On Board were 15 Russian servicemen. Later it became known that the plane was shot down by Syrian air defense.