Russia's defense ministry says it lost contact with plane in Syria

18 September, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Carlos George
  • Russia loses contact with aircraft with 14 on board in Syria

The Il-20 aircraft with 14 people on board went off radar yesterday at about 8pm United Kingdom time on its way back to a Russian base near the city of Latakia.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that a Syrian S-200 missile system had shot down the Il-20.

A United States official told Reuters that the plane, used for reconnaissance, was inadvertently downed by anti-aircraft...

The Russian maritime patrol plane lost signal and is believed to have been shot down during an alleged Israeli missile attack in the province of Latakia.

The plane vanished from radar screens over Syria's Latakia Province late Monday while Israeli and French forces were launching strikes against the Arab country.

Peskov refrained from any comments or speculations regarding the likely effects on Russia's relations with Israel.

"We view the actions of the Israeli military as hostile", Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian state television.

Russia's Defense Ministry blamed Israel Tuesday for the loss of an aircraft over Syria's Mediterranean coast, saying it was downed after Israeli pilots used it as cover during an attack.

Syria's state-run Ikhbariya TV also reported the plane's disappearance without providing further details.

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Russian defence ministry said that Russian airspace controls means have detected several missile launches from French frigate in Mediterranean late on Monday.

A search and rescue operation for the remains of the Russian plane was ongoing.

Russian media said that four Israeli F-16s carried out the attack, and that it gave just one minute's warning to Russia, which maintains large military bases in the region.

A French military spokesman told AFP: "The French army denies any involvement in this attack".

For several years, Israel and Russian Federation have maintained a special hotline to prevent their air forces from clashing in the skies over Syria.

Russian Federation began military strikes in Syria in 2015 after a request from President Bashar al-Assad, who has stayed in power despite seven years of civil war.

Israel is alleged to have been behind a series of airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country's war fighting alongside the government.

The zone will be established by October 15 and be 15 to 20 kilometres deep, with troops from Russian Federation and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey conducting coordinated patrols, President Vladimir Putin said after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi.

U.S. and Israeli officials have said that Iran and Hezbollah should end their armed presence in Syria.

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