We proved to Russian Federation that Assad's regime downed their plane

Israeli Air Force chief Amikam Norkin center-right meets with Russian officials in Moscow

Israeli Air Force chief Amikam Norkin center-right meets with Russian officials in Moscow

Konashenkov emphasized that the Ministry possessed an audio recording proving that the IAF had warned the Russian side in the Russian language about the envisaged airstrike on targets in Syria when Russia's IL-20 was downed.

The Russian ministry of defense has published a video simulates the downing of the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane by Syrian S-200 anti-air missile, off the Syrian coast.

Syria's SANA news agency reported on Wednesday that Assad had sent a telegram to Moscow saying he was sorry about the death of Russian military service people, but blamed Israel for the downing.

The Russian plane with 15 servicemen on board disappeared from radars on Monday as four Israeli F-16 warplanes were attacking state institutions in Syria's Latakia Province, which is home to Russia-run Hmeimim airbase.

On Sunday, military spokesman Igor Konashenkov presented the results of an investigation. Then, "one minute" after Israel's call, its F-16 planes struck targets in Latakia in western Syria, he said. While the Russian military initially blamed the plane's loss on Israel, President Vladimir Putin later attributed it to "a chain of tragic, fatal circumstances".

But the Israeli official said: "We definitely gave a warning, a time much longer than one minute".

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For several years, Israel and Russian Federation have maintained a special hotline to prevent their air forces from clashing in the skies over Syria. Israeli military officials have previously praised the hotline's effectiveness. Russian Federation has provided key air support to President Bashar Assad's forces since 2015, while Israel has carried out dozens of strikes against Iran-linked forces.

But Konashenkov on Sunday accused Israel of using the hotline to mislead Russian Federation about its plans.

The Israeli pilots' actions "either speak of their unprofessionalism or criminal negligence at the very least", Konashenkov said, reiterating the Israeli airforce was fully responsible for the downing of the plane.

"The safety and well being of the Russian forces stationed in Syria is.a Meaningful consideration when each strike is approved", stated the IDF spokesperson unit.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a later statement that the country "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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