Israel dispatched its air force chief to brief Moscow about the incident on Thursday. Russia's Defense Ministry initially blamed the plane's loss on Israel, saying its fighter jets pushed the Russian plane into the line of fire, but Putin sought to defuse tensions, pointing at "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances".
Fifteen Russian crew were killed when the IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria on Monday.
"The continuous Israeli aggression against Syria is being carried out under various excuses and claims that Iran is arming Hizbullah in Latakia are totally baseless", Nasrallah said in a televised address marking the tenth night of Ashura, referring to Israel's latest airstrike on the coastal Syrian region. Gen. Amikam Norkin departed for Moscow on Thursday.
Naftali Bennett, another member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet, said "deconfliction mechanisms" would be improved, referring to a Russian-Israeli hotline created to avoid inadvertent clashes with forces Moscow sent to Syria as part of a military intervention mounted in 2015.
Peskov added that as far as the downing of the aircraft was concerned, Putin was guided by information provided by the Russian Defense Ministry but Russian experts would also study the information Israel would share. -General Igor Konashenkov, chief spokesman of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense, in a video statement. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.
Tensions between Israel and Syria, which have technically been at war since Israel was established in 1948, recently increased after Syria accidently shot down a Russian Federation military aircraft that Israeli fighter pilots were using for "cover", according to Moscow.
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The IDF in a statement expressed its sorrow for the death of the aircrew members, while stressing that "Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident".
However, he insisted the Russian plane had been felled by "extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (fire)".
The IDF explained that its F-16s were targeting a Syrian Armed Forces facility "from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon".
"A lot of Israeli attacks on Syria have nothing to do with arms transfers to Hizbullah and Israel is seeking to prevent Syria from obtaining missile capabilities", Nasrallah added.
Although Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged on Tuesday that there had been "a chain of tragic, accidental circumstances", he did complain to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that "Russian-Israeli agreements on preventing unsafe incidents had not been observed".
But when pressed during the interview, Lieberman avoided asserting Israeli "freedom of action" over Syria, a term he has used in the past.