The United States called the crash of Il-20 in Syria, “a pattern of escalation that must be stopped”
The crash of the Russian Il-20 aircraft, which was downed over the Mediterranean sea, is a dangerous pattern of escalation of the situation in Syria, said the US special envoy on Syria, James Jeffrey on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.
“This is an example of what we are trying to avoid a larger scale… This is the scenario of escalation, which we urgently need to stop,” the diplomat said (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
According to the special representative of the United States, the incident with the Il-20 shows that the conflict in Syria to “freeze in any way possible”.
Il-20 was shot down by Syrian air defense systems on September 17. The crash killed 15 people. The defense Ministry blamed the incident on Israel: according to authorities, the Israeli F-16 was framed Il-20 hit. Israel denies his guilt.
In response, Russia will give Syria anti-aircraft missile system s-300. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a telephone conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that the delivery of s-300 “in the hands of irresponsible persons” in Syria will increase tensions in the region.
About Moscow’s response to the death of the crew of the Il-20 read in the article “Kommersant” “All of Syria will hide behind s-300”.