After Putin's statement for "a tragic chain" of accidents, apparently, an incident with the Russian Il-20 plane which is shot down in Syria is exhausted. Why the Russian Defense Ministry has given charges to Israel again? What can stand behind it? Georgy Bovt. Photo: Mikhail of Fomichev/TASS the Official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov has commented on the incident which has taken place on September 17 in the sky over Syria when the Syrian air defenses have shot down the Russian plane of radio-electronic investigation Il-20 again. Konashenkov has accused Israel of violation of arrangements with Russia on avoidance of casual collisions. "At 21:39 the representative of command of the Israeli Air Force in a military rank the colonel has notified on the channel of "dekonflikting" command of the Russian group of troops in Syria on the forthcoming blow to objects. It was talked that the next minutes Israel will strike blow to objects which are in the north of Syria" — Konashenkov has said. A minute later after that four Israeli F-16 planes have struck blows with the operated GBU-39 air bombs to objects in the province Latakia. Konashenkov has shown the card of actions of the Russian and Israeli military aircraft near Latakia on September 17, having said that the Syrian air defenses have begun to counterattack the Israeli planes at 21:51. And at 21:59 one of the Israeli planes has begun maneuver, approaching about Il-20 which came in the land to Latakia. Thereby, Konashenkov claims, the Israeli pilot has provoked the Syrian air defenses which have considered this maneuver the new attack. Israel, in turn, confers all responsibility on the Syrian air defenses and has provided to the Russian side the detailed report with statement of the version of the event. Also Israel indicated inconsistency of actions of the Russian and Syrian military and also low qualification of the last. Georgy Bovt:prezident Vladimir Putin after death comments Il-20 has said that this incident essentially differs from when in November, 2015 Turkey has brought down the Russian SU-24 as in this case the speech nevertheless goes about "a tragic chain" of casual circumstances. After that it seemed that an incident is exhausted. The sharp demarche, besides a call of the Israeli ambassador in the MFA of Russia, hasn't been undertaken. "Five-minutes of hatred" on public channels of television with appeals to revenge "the Israeli soldiery" as in old Soviet period, have been quickly curtailed. The prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called Putin, having expressed condolences. Both parties have agreed to enhance efficiency of interaction on "the hot line" with the purpose to avoid similar tragedies in the future. The fact that now the official representative of the Ministry of Defence has returned to this subject and has repeated already earlier sounded charges, says that an incident is, it seems, not exhausted and can have continuation. At the same time the general Konashenkov in the statement has ignored arguments of Israelis according to which Syrians just randomly scorched in air therefore have accidentally got to the Russian plane. The question of inaccuracy of actions or qualification of the Syrian allies in general is ignored. Vsp
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