RUSSIA SUMMONS ISRAEL’S AMBASSADOR OVER DOWNED MILITARY PLANE

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia was extremely concerned.

MOSCOW – Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday it had summoned Israel’s ambassador in Moscow over the shooting down of a Russian military plane near Syria.

The aircraft was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft systems but Moscow said Israeli air force jets flying in the same area had put the Russian plane in the line of fire. Israel’s government has not yet commented.

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on social media that the Israeli ambassador had been called into her ministry in connection with what had happened near Syria.

Earlier on Tuesday the Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigo slammed Israel, claiming that its “irresponsible actions,” led to the downing of a Russian military aircraft and the deaths of 14 servicemen over Latakia, Syria late Monday night. According to Russia, Israel only warned it one minute before launching the strikes.

The Russian Defense Minister spoke on the phone with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and told him that Moscow holds Israel wholly to blame for the shooting down of a Russian military plane near Syria. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia was extremely concerned, adding that Russia’s position had already been set out by the Ministry of Defense.

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