Russia has promised retaliation after Israeli airstrikes created a “dangerous situation” by performing unannounced attacks in Syria, resulting in a Soviet reconnaissance plane being accidentally shot down by Syrian Air Defence systems, the Kremlin has announced. The aircraft, which was used for electronic surveillance, disappeared from radar screens over Syria at about 8 PM BST (11 pm local time) on Monday.
It happened around the same time Israeli and French forces were launching targeted strikes in Syria. According to the Russian defense ministry, 15 people were on board the I1-29 turboprop plane at the time of its disappearance. But on Tuesday morning, following the French military denying involvement in the plane’s disappearance, RIA news agency reported the Kremlin has accused Israeli aircraft of deliberately creating a “dangerous” situation. FULL REPORT