The military department believes that the Israeli pilots intentionally covered themselves with a Russian airplane.
The Ministry of Defense was called the criminal negligence of the actions of the Israeli Air Force, which led to the collapse of the IL-20.
Therefore, we believe that the blame for the tragedy with the Russian Il-20 aircraft lies entirely with the Israeli air forces and those who took a decision on this kind of activity.
According to Konashenkov, Israeli pilots of F-16 fighters deliberately covered themselves with Russian Il-20 from Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, RIA Novosti reported.
I will especially emphasize that while watching the Russian Il-20, Israeli fighters covered themselves from anti-aircraft missiles, continuing to maneuver in the area.
The Israeli Air Force misled the Russian side, referring to the region of the attack in Syria, Konashenkov asserts. A spokesman for the Israel Air Force headquarters told the Russian side that the targets targeted for strikes are in the north of Syria. The blows, according to Konashenkov, were applied in the area of Latakia on the western coast of the country.
The presented objective data show that the actions of Israeli fighter pilots, which led to the death of 15 Russian servicemen, speak either of their lack of professionalism, or at least of criminal negligence.
The Russian Il-20 was shot down on September 17 when returning to the airbase of Khmeimim, on its board there were 15 military men. The Ministry of Defense of Russia stated that Israeli aircraft had put it under attack. Israel denies the blame of its air force, placing responsibility on the air defense systems of the Syrian army.