The Israeli army said its F-16 were near the Il-20 at the time of his death
Moscow. September 23. INTERFAX.RU — Israeli Military not responsible for the death of Russian spy plane Il-20 and not hiding behind them during the strikes on Syria, said in a statement released Sunday by the press service of the defense Army of Israel.
“The fighters of Israel, hiding behind a Russian plane and were in Israeli airspace at the time of the crash”, — the document says.
“The continuation of coordination (between Israel and Russia — Interfax) is the interest of both parties in the light of recent events in the region,” the statement reads.
In addition, the Israeli army stress that they will continue to struggle with the military presence of Iran in Syria, despite the tragedy with the Russian Il-20.
Earlier in the defense Ministry again blamed Israel for the deaths of Il-20 and called the criminal negligence of the actions of the Israeli air force. In particular, the defense Ministry recalled that the Israeli fighters were not sustained in the Northern part of Syria, as the representative of the Israeli air force, and in the district of Latakia, which is its Western province. In the Russian defense Ministry said that Israel has cleaned up the disaster area of the Russian plane only after 50 minutes after the defeat of the Il-20 missile Syrian air defenses.