BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – Israeli Air Force commander Major General Amikam Norkin traveled to Moscow on Thursday in order to meet with his Russian counterparts regarding the downing of the IL-20 off the coast of Syria.
In a statement released after Norkin’s meetings concluded, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said that they presented their report on the situation that led up to the downing of the Russian aircraft.
“The Israeli officers presented the situation report regarding the downing of the Russian plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire on Monday night, as well as the pre-mission information and the findings of the IDF’s inquiry of the event,” the IDF Spokesperson said, adding that “the meetings were conducted following the agreement between the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu and the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin.”
“The meetings were held in good spirits and the representatives shared a professional, open and transparent discussion on various issues. Both sides emphasized the importance of the states’ interests and the continued implementation of the deconfliction system,” the statement says.
“In addition, the IDF presented the ongoing Iranian attempts to establish its military presence in Syria and to transfer strategic weapons to the Hezbollah terror organization,” the IDF noted. “The Israeli delegation continues its meetings and will return to Israel tomorrow morning, as planned.”