Assad Sends Telegram To Putin Saying Israel Is To Blame For IL-20 Incident

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Assad Sends Telegram To Putin Saying Israel Is To Blame For IL-20 Incident

Vladimir Putin with Assad (center) and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. IMAGE: Michael Klimentyev / AFP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sent Russian President Vladimir Putin a telegram, expressing his condolences over the recent IL-20 plane downing in Syria, SANA News agency reported on September 19th.

According to the Syrian outlet, Assad wrote in his letter to Vladimir Putin that the Russian Il-20 plane crash near Hmeymim air base was a result of Israeli arrogance.

Syrian president expressed his condolences over the tragedy and said that he hoped that the plane crash would not impede Russian and Syrian joint fight against terrorism.

“I express my sincere condolences on behalf of the Syrian people in connection with the crash of the Russian Il-20 military aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea, which led to the death of Russian military heroes who performed the valiant task of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the fight against terrorism in Syria,” SANA News Agency cited the telegram.

“This sad incident is the result of the arrogance and reckless violence of Israel, which constantly uses the dirtiest methods to achieve its sinister goals and to carry out aggression in the region,” Assad stressed.

The Russian plane carrying 15 service members disappeared from radars on September 17th as four Israeli jet fighters were attacking state institutions in Syria’s Latakia Province, which is home to Russia-run Khmeimim airbase.

Russia’s Defense Ministry held Israel responsible for the incident, saying the Israeli warplanes “created a dangerous situation” that led to the downing of the Russian aircraft by Syria’s S-200 missile defense system.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also summoned the Israeli Ambassador to Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also condemned Israel’s aerial operations against Syria as a violation of the Arab country’s sovereignty, saying, “Russian-Israeli agreements on the prevention of dangerous incidents were not observed” in this case.

A statement by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed regret over the deaths, and “offered to send the Israeli Air Force commander to Moscow to deliver all the necessary details.”

Israel’s official statement contained information regarding the incident, while also blaming Iran and the Hezbollah group for it.

The deconfliction system, used by the Israeli Defense Forces and the Russian army was in use the night of the incident. According to Israel – “extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (Surface to Air missile) fire caused the Russian plane to be hit and downed.” It also added that when the Russian plane was downed, Israeli Air Forces were already in Israel’s airspace.

That appears to also be the narrative in mass media: accidental Syrian fire shot down the Russian airplane.

On September 20th, a delegation led by Amikam Norkin, Israel’s Air Force commander is to travel to Moscow with information regarding the plane crash.

As reported by the Drive, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has threatened an unspecified response to future Israeli air strikes in Syria, though Russian President Vladimir Putin has since taken a less aggressive stance.

“We have informed today our Israeli colleagues, and I have also informed personally the Israeli Defense Minister [Avigdor Lieberman], that such actions will not be left unanswered by us,” Shoigu said at a press conference in Moscow later on September 18th. “The Israeli side didn’t issue a notification or, to be more precise, they warned us a minute before conducting the strike. They told us they were about to attack facilities on the Syrian territory, and they did it.”

Later Putin described the incident as a “chain of tragic circumstances,” completely dismissing accusations that Israel deliberately targeted the IL-20.

“The retaliatory measures will be directed above all to boosting the security of military men and installations in Syria,” Putin said. “These will be measures everyone will see.”

The US also expressed condolences for the loss of life. The US Department of State released a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“The United States expresses deep sorrow for the death of the aircrew of the Russian plane that was downed by Syrian regime anti-aircraft fire,” Pompeo wrote on September 18th. “Yesterday’s unfortunate incident reminds us of the need to find permanent, peaceful, and political resolutions to the many overlapping conflicts in the region and the danger of tragic miscalculation in Syria’s crowded theater of operations.”

As reported by Xinhua, Israel has carried out some 200 airstrikes over the last 18 months, claiming that the attacks aimed to prevent Iranian weapons convoys and stop Iran from establishing a military foothold in Syria.

It now remains to be seen what the Kremlin’s response will be to future Israeli air strikes, which are all but certain to happen.

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  • Robert Duran

    No one will make me believe that an S200 shot that plane.

    • Nik Pan

      Only Putin believe that is an accident.

      • TiredOfBsToo

        It was an accident for the Syrian forces. For the Zionists, it was pre-planned.

      • Tommy Jensen

        Israel told Putin it was an accident. Israel is the only one who can know what they did.

        If Israel says to Putin it was Hezbollah, Putin can only refer to what Israel said because Israel said it, and Israel were flying the airfighters therefore Israel must know it..

    • Freespirit

      What do you think did?

  • RichardD

    Syria isn’t Lebanon. It’s questionable how much the baby rapers would be willing to escalate against peer opposition when they start taking real damage and loss of life. And their self projected image of superiority is shattered.

    • telemetrie

      Well, mainstream media owned by Jew Oligarchs will make it up as they did thousand times before. US opened embassy in Jerusalem ? No problem. Israel forces killed hundreds of Palestians after that ? No problem. Some criticism appeared in UN ? Ok, US stopped funding UN and withdraw from council for human rights, because they were critics of Israel.
      Public relations problem solved.
      The only way how to solve Israel problem is by force. Not by words.
      Putin should know. But he doesn’t. He lives in his own bubble and his own space.

      • RichardD

        Jews are a malevolent invasive parasitical disease. 83% of them live in the US and Israel. Russia used to have millions of them and has gotten rid of 95% of them at a cost of a stunted population that is half of what it would have been if the Czars had dejudified Russia when they had the chance. Rather than leave it up to latter generations.

        Putin is moving in the right direction. Especially if he wins the Syria war and gets on board with a Palestinian protection force, that includes the Egyptians and the Turks, and is armed with nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles that the IDF has no defense against.

    • FlorianGeyer

      ” American public who’d like to see our Zionist Jew problem done away with.”
      Many of all nations across the globe wish that as well Richard. Including me.

      Jews and other religious/political groups who do not regard the blatant and totally unnecessary murder and looting of anyone as a ‘Life Style Choice’ I can happily live with as I would think you could as well Richard.

      Those who cannot need exiling to another ‘planet’.

      • RichardD

        If only exiling worked. It’s a partial solution, which is better than none.

        • FlorianGeyer

          Would the dark side of the Moon be OK Richard ?

          • RichardD

            It would be like Russia sending it’s Jews to the US. In the long run it was bad for everyone. It’s better to outlaw Judaism everywhere so that it is extinguished.

  • Joe Doe

    Pu.tin is the one that should be blame. His weak leadership in regards Syria shows that Russia is poor protector and created Russia as punching bag for USA and NATO. Syria has been bomb many times and many Russian solders has been killed over and over again and Russia leadership only came up with cheap talk and cheap criticism. Pu.tin weaknesses already created very danger for Russian citizen and for other nations who join Russia, because NATO and Israel knows, Russia will do nothing if Russian solders is killed or Syria bomb. Many Russian citizens have been arrested under fake evidence and charge in USA or in jail in USA, because USA know Russia leadership s weak and Russia will afraid to do anythng

  • telemetrie

    Well, Putin trusted Netanyahu and denied S300 to be delivered in Syria. Blood of 15 killed crew of IL20 is on Putin’s hands.

  • al quaida

    “the crash of the Russian Il-20 military aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea”

    Interesting choice of words…

    • Tommy Jensen

      Its all over alternative media, trying to smooth up the wording.
      “muhaa muhaa muhaa we cant jeopardize our relationship with our equal partners muhaa muhaa muhaa”.
      Russian military generals being the only ones with clean cut factual conclusion.

    • Don Machiavelli

      Cover up taking place. Everyone is in bed with Israel. Everyone except those who are called out, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea ( who sent troops in October war ), Syria… Rest has fallen. Hope is no more.

  • Freespirit

    “Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has threatened an unspecified response to future Israeli air strikes in Syria, though Russian President Vladimir Putin has since taken a less aggressive stance.” (BOLDFACE emphasis is mine)

    So is Shoigu saying that over 200 violations of Syrian airspace is not enough yet, to justifyingly start shooting down Israeli aggressors ???

    How many more Russians must DIE before Putin does something meaningful, to Israeli Psychopaths

    I am sure the Russian people are watching and remembering, especially the FAMILIES of those murdered Military men and women.

    • Tommy Jensen

      After 201 incidents NEXT time we will retaliate. Israel should notice we are serious. Some day in the future we will do something …………………………

      • Don Machiavelli

        This ain’t the first time. I expected more of Putin and of Russia… But they have to grow some balls and protect their own people. USA is no better, Israel killed their president (JFK), murdered their officers ( USS LIBERTY ), killed their youth ( Rachel Corrie ) and did mass murder in New York ( 911 ). But Russia is on good road, since Trotskywitz it took many years for Zionists to intentionally kill Russians. Still unanswered.

        • Lolss, you one crazy fellow, are you that incredibly stupid?

          • Don Machiavelli

            Could you do better than that, small person?

      • Freespirit

        Yes someday, maybe……..

    • schiamachy

      While it may be satisfying to widen the conflict by sinking a French ship and shooting down Israeli planes it is also falling into the NATO trap and creating a war that could wipe us all out. Putin is playing the long game and that is setting the conditions to get rid of US troops out of Syria as painlessly as possible and then repairing Syria’s infrastructure. Putin has almost won this war and will not throw away his gains by hasty retaliation. The petty revengeful actions of Israel and the NATO lunatics is not succeeding in creating a wider conflict and is now losing them the PR war as well as the war on the ground. Turkey is only getting an extended dog lead because of its strategic geographic position to all sides of the conflict but particularly to Russia.
      I think the big losers in the long term will be the anti Syrian Kurds and the USA. After Syria settles down Israel will be in trouble too if they cannot stem the Palestinian population growth through their genocidal attacks and as the USA loses their economic clout the cost of Israel will be too much for the US economy. Putin may be getting considerable flack but he seems to remain focused on the main game not the desperate sideshows of the Western Alliance as their internal domestic squabbles on economic issues like Brexit are now destroying their stability while the USA their tremendous debts and an internal battle between the deep state and the elected government is crippling the nation.

  • TiredOfBsToo

    The Israelis planned a false flag style incident similar to the USS Liberty. For those unaware of the USS Liberty, the goal was to sink the ship and blame Egypt for it. This latest event seems to have a similar feel to it. Hide behind a Russian plane which is then destroyed and let a French frigate in the area take the heat. Interesting that the French, immediately after the incident, stated they had nothing to do with it.

    • telemetrie

      US will sink that French pathetic piece of crap next time and will not wait for Russia, because it seems that Russia don’t cooperate well on orchestrating WW3.
      From my point of view, it was French missile which shot down IL20. Not Syrian.

  • al quaida

    “Russian defence ministry: the Syrian air defence unit that shot down the Il-20 did NOT have a IFF (identification, friend or foe) capability.”

    • Daniel Miller

      well no shit the S-200’s IFF system is form the 50’s….and they dont use it since the enemy can easely imitate the IFF signals.

      • putinbeater

        this is your fake mantra. those s-200 were produced in 80s and are not export, but full soviet versions.

        • Daniel Miller

          ummm again wrong all S-200’s syria has are S-200VE’s and keep in mind that even the S-200D (the most advanced S-200 variant) dosent have a propper IFF system.

    • putinbeater

      shit soviet weapons. as always.

      btw., they should have

      • Daniel Miller

        the S-200 is far from “shit” it still is a very deadly SAM system ask the manufacturer ofthe F-16I about that.

  • Rob

    All Muslim countries are living united. They can move their weapons from one location or from one country to another location or country. Don’t listen to benjanyahu or trumpiece.

  • Lena Jones

    “Yesterday’s unfortunate incident reminds us of the need to find
    permanent, peaceful, and political resolutions to the many overlapping
    conflicts in the region and the danger of tragic miscalculation in
    Syria’s crowded theater of operations” – Pompeo.

    There are no “overlapping conflicts” in the Levant, Mr. Pompeo – there is only the genocidal jews and their evil Yinon Plan.

    • Free man

      Clueless as usual.
      Irani lena.

      • Lena Jones

        LOL so jewy of you to think I’m “Irani”. Enjoy your turdy delusions of grandeur.

    • schiamachy

      Lena I think that it is important to note that Pompeo is using the term “a political solution”. This is the first time I have heard that proposition for a long long time. I think that Putin’s ability to not be drawn into wider conflict has borne fruit. Whether the best political solution will be carried out is doubtful i.e the complete withdrawal of US and NATO troops and Special Forces and ceasing the supply of weapons, propaganda and intelligence, followed by national elections.

      No doubt the West will be trying to permanently set up a pro Western enclave in Syria to keep Iran isolated and so that the US and its minions can dominate the oil trade and supply.
      Hopefully the Syrian people can soon get to put their wishes to the top of the priority list and make Syria a country in their own image.

  • grumpy_carpenter

    Telegram??? I guess homing pigeons are just too slow for a message this important?

  • putinbeater

    assad has no word in kremlin