Major-General Amikam Norkin will arrive in Moscow on Thursday, and will present the situation report on the incident, including the "the findings of the IDF inquiry regarding the event", and the "pre-mission information" the Israeli military was so reluctant to share in advance. The irresponsible actions by the Israeli Air Force led to a tragedy, which claimed the lives of 15 Russian military personnel, he said.
Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria for that reason.
Proving just how risky the situation remains in Syria-where the U.S., Russia, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, France and other nations are all maintaining military operations amid a civil war that has dragged on for almost seven years-the Kremlin on Tuesday is blaming Israel after the Syrian military reportedly downed a Russian military aircraft by mistake, killing all 15 airmen on board.
During Syrian aerial defense missile action responding to the air strike, a Russian military reconnaissance plane was shot down by Syria.
Israel denied the allegations, saying its jets were already back in its airspace when Syrian forces launched the missiles that hit the Russian plane.
In a statement, Manelis said that Israel "expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire", but added that Israel holds the Assad regime-and its Lebanese allies-fully responsible for the incident.
"This unfortunate incident was the result of Israeli arrogance and depravity", the Syrian leader said.
"We are determined that such tragic events will sway neither you nor us from continuing the fight against terrorism", Assad wrote.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Putin in a phone call that the arms warehouse that was targeted was holding "accurate and lethal weapons" that were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah that were to be used to attack Israel and which pose an "intolerable threat" against the Jewish state.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also slammed the regime's aerial operations against Syria as a violation of the Arab country's sovereignty, saying, "Russian-Israeli agreements on the prevention of unsafe incidents were not observed" in this case. His comments came after an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base in Latakia, during which a Russian spy plane was accidentally shot down by soldiers loyal to President Bashar Assad.
"We will remain there even after the Idlib accord", Nasrallah said, referring to a Russia-Turkey deal to prevent a Syrian regime offensive on the country's last rebel-held stronghold.