BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova spoke about Syria and the Skripal case on the sidelines of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
Talking about the Russian Il-20 jet downed by the Syrian Air Defence Forces, Zakharova said “the tragedy which occurred on September 17 will require further investigation and, certainly, explanations from the Israel.”
“I suppose that the Israeli pilots, whose actions posed a threat and subsequently resulted in the downing of the Russian aircraft, our experts’ information confirms this, were behaving in an unprofessional manner at the very least,” she added.
Zakharova also spoke about the deal reached between the Russian and Turkish presidents over the creation of a demilitarised zone in Idlib.
She said she hoped that it would “have a sobering effect on the instigators who, by staging a chemical attack there, are seeking to justify yet another hostile missile strike by the so-called US-led coalition on Syria.”
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