BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated on Tuesday that the Israeli airstrikes on Syria were ‘undesirable’, pointing out that they were endangering the safety of his country’s military personnel.
In turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured Russia during a speech on Tuesday that their personnel were not in danger, adding that his country has acted over 100 times in Syria to prevent Iranian arms from reaching Hezbollah.
On September 17th, 2018, a Russian reconnaissance plane was accidentally shot down by the Syrian Armed Forces along the Latakia coast.
The Russian Ministry of Defense blamed Israel for the death of its personnel, claiming that an IAF F-16 used the IL-20 reconnaissance plane for cover during the Syrian Air Force’s response to their airstrikes.
Following the downing of the IL-20, the Russian Ministry of Defense agreed to ship their S-300 air defense system to Syria. The S-300 arrived in Syria on October 1st; however, it has yet to be used in combat.