Assad, Putin sent a telegram of condolence in connection with the crash of the Il-20
Moscow. September 19. INTERFAX.RU — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday sent President Vladimir Putin a telegram of condolence in connection with the crash on 17 September from the Syrian shores the Russian plane Il-20, according to official Syrian media.
According to them, in a telegram, Assad said that the cause of the accident, in his opinion, were “arrogant” actions of Israel. The Syrian President also expressed hope for continued joint fight against terrorism.
Earlier Wednesday, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov reported that President Bashar Assad called the President of Russia Vladimir Putin after Syrian air defenses shot down a Russian Il-20. Answering the question about whether Assad called the Russian President, he said, “No.”
Russian reconnaissance aircraft Il-20, which was carrying 15 soldiers, was shot down over the Mediterranean by Syrian air defense system of s-200 on the evening of 17 September.
The Russian defense Ministry said that under the impact of his framed Israeli aircraft and that Israel had warned the Federation about an impending attack in Syria, only a minute before it started. For its part, the IDF was blamed for an accidental incident in Syria, noting that the Syrian missile defense system were inaccurate fire in the area when Israeli aircraft had already left the affected area.