Russia, Turkey still working on 'details' of Idlib deal

Putin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane off Syrian coast

Russia, Turkey still working on 'details' of Idlib deal

"It is possible that, next time, they will say, 'Okay let's wait until the (Russian) plane goes back to its base, and then we will carry out the attack, '" Ben-Yishai told Ynet TV.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has regularly conducted air strikes in Syria to diminish the military capabilities of Hezbollah, as well as Iranian targets. The Russian leader urged Netanyahu "not to allow such situations in the future.' Netanyahu also offered to dispatch the Israeli air force chief to Moscow to share details and noted the importance of the continuation of security co-ordination between Israel and Russia". The IAF stated that Assad's Syrian military regime is fully responsible for the downing of the Russian plane on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat released three photos of an "ammunition warehouse" in Latakia, showing it before and after the Monday night attack.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards helped form Hezbollah in the early 1980s to resist Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon, which ended in 2000.

"This unfortunate incident was the result of Israeli arrogance and depravity", the Syrian leader said. Some 1,665 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In recent months, Israel has acknowledged carrying out scores of strikes in Syria, a lot of them believed aimed at halting suspected arms shipments for Hezbollah from Iran, its main backer and Israel's archenemy. "Our attitude towards this tragedy is set forth in a statement by our Defense Ministry, and has been fully coordinated with me".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Putin to express sorrow over the plane's loss, but insisted that Syria bears responsibility for the downing of the Il-20 electronic intelligence plane.

In recent months Israel has increased its attacks in Syria against the regime or its ally Iran.

The downing of the Il-20 highlighted the dangers posed by the conflicting interests of various powers in the crowded skies over Syria and threatened the close security ties between Russian Federation and Israel.

Iran's foreign minister has hailed an agreement between Turkey and Russian Federation to avert an assault on the Syrian rebel-held Idlib province, as an example of "responsible diplomacy".

"The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air", Manelis' statement said.

The Syrian blunder came hot on the heels of a major deal announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan after talks in Sochi.

"By using the Russian plane as cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire".

The Turkish military, he said, had "deliberately downed" the Russian plane, while the Latakia incident "looks like a chain of tragic circumstances, because the Israeli plane didn't shoot down our jet". The zone will have troops from Russian Federation and NATO-member Turkey conducting coordinated patrols to monitor the demilitarization and restore traffic to the highway linking major Syrian cities that passes through Idlib.

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