BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Israel did not hide behind the downed Russian IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced via Twitter on Sunday.
“The deconfliction mechanism operated in the relevant timeframe (as it has been operating over the last two and a half years); the IAF did not hide behind any aircraft and that the Israeli aircraft were in Israeli airspace at the time of the downing of the Russian plane,” the IDF Spokesperson tweeted.
“The result of the downing of the Russian plane by Syrian fire is severe and tragic and we convey our condolences to the bereaved families and the Russian People. The coordination between the IDF and the Russian military has proven its value numerous times over the last years,” they continued.
The IDF Spokesperson said that this incident showed the problems with giving advanced weapons to “irresponsible entities.”
“In addition, as we saw during this incident, the use of advanced weapons by irresponsible entities significantly endangers the area and can severely harm forces operating in the region,” they added.
In response to this move by the Israeli Air Force, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that they would be supplying Syria with the S-300 missile defense system.