Russia explained the accusations against Israel because of downed Il-20
Representatives of the Israeli air force introduced the Russian side in error about the place of the strike in Syria on September 17, which was downed spy plane Il-20. The journalists at the briefing said the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov, RIA Novosti reported.
According to him, the Israeli side initially said that the attacks are planned to strike at targets in Northern Syria, however, in reality the attack was carried out in the Western province of Latakia.
“The misrepresentation of Israeli officer on the location of the strike fighters are not allowed to bring the Russian plane Il-20 in a safe area,” Konashenkov said, stressing that Russia was notified of the strike simultaneously with its beginning.
“He has not mentioned the location of Israeli [fighters] F-16”, the General added.
He also said that Israeli F-16 saw the Russian plane, were in the same area with him for 10 minutes and deliberately covered them from anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian air defense system.
“The Israeli pilot could not understand that the effective reflecting surface Il-20 significantly higher than the surface of the F-16 and Russian aircraft will be the preferred target for anti-aircraft missiles,” — said the representative of the Ministry of defense.