The Russian plane was covered with Israeli fighters, the ministry said.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia confirmed that the Russian reconnaissance aircraft Il-20 was shot down by Syrian air defense, Tass reports . Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the Russian aircraft covered fighter planes F-16 Israel.
Under the cover of a Russian plane, Israeli pilots placed him under the fire of Syria’s air defenses. As a result, IL-20, whose effective reflective surface is an order of magnitude larger than that of the F-16, was shot down by a C-200 missile.
Because of Israel’s “irresponsible actions” in Syria, 15 military personnel were killed. According to Konashenkov, Russia regards Israel’s actions as hostile and reserves the right to “adequate response actions”.
We regard the data provocative actions of Israel as hostile. As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian servicemen were killed. This is absolutely not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership.
Israeli planes attacked in the area of Latakia and deliberately created a dangerous situation for surface ships and aircraft that were in the area, Konashenkov asserts.
⚡️Скриншот с брифинга МО — видна траектория израильских F-16 (синим) и нашего Ил-20 (красным) pic.twitter.com/m3kgBZzyMe
— RT на русском (@RT_russian) 18 September 2018
Israel notified Russia of the planned operation in Syria a minute before the strike, which is why the IL-20 did not have time to bring it to the safe zone. Konashenkov said that the Israeli military could not not see the plane, because at the time of the attack, he stopped at a landing from five kilometers.
Earlier it became known that a Russian reconnaissance aircraft Il-20 disappeared in Syria, carrying 14 servicemen on board. The Russian military reported that the mark of the aircraft from the radar disappeared during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in Latakia. At the same time, rocket launches from the French frigate Auveregne, which was in the area, were recorded. CNN, citing a source, said that the IL-20 shot down Syrian air defense, which reflected the bombardment from Israel.