Kremlin gets telegram about downed Russian plane from Syria's Assad: Ifax

Il-20 aircraft crash: Putin defuses crisis situation after Russian Defense Ministry blames Syria

Russia, Iran and Hezbollah have helped turn the tide of Syria's civil war decisively in favour of President Bashar al-Assad in the past three years.

Russian Federation and Turkey told a weekly meeting of the U.N. Syria humanitarian taskforce in Geneva on Thursday that they were still working out the details of their plan to avert a major battle in Syria's Idlib province but were optimistic.

The Russian turboprop plane was returning to the Russian-run Hmeymim airbase, when it went off the radar screens in the midst of an attack by four Israeli F-16 fighter jets against Syrian defense industry facilities in Latakia.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the Israeli warning came less than a minute before the strike, leaving the Russian aircraft in the line of fire.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the demilitarized zone is to be established by October 15 and be 15-20 kilometers (9-12 miles) deep to separate Syrian forces and the rebels, with radical groups withdrawn from the area.

The Il-20's wreckage was later found in the sea 22 miles southwest of Hemeimeem, said Russia's defense military spokesman Igor Konashenkov on Tuesday.

Israeli satellite operator ImageSat International (iSi) published satellite photos emerge aftermath of the recent airstrikes conducted by Israeli jets on the coastal city of Lattakia. It said the Syrian army fired the missiles that hit the Russian plane when the Israeli jets had already returned to Israeli airspace.

The United States is trying to downplay the shoot-down of a Russian military surveillance plane off the Syrian coast, with officials expressing sorrow but also saying the US campaign against Islamic State fighters would continue.

"This unfortunate incident was the result of Israeli arrogance and depravity", the Syrian leader said, offering his condolences in a letter to his Russian counterpart for the death of 15 Russian crew members killed in the incident over Syria on Monday.

The Russia-bound delegation, led by Major General Amikam Norkin, will "present the situation report. regarding all aspects" of the incident, the Israeli army said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Israel worries Hezbollah has been improving its capabilities and increased its strikes in Syria to prevent weapons shipments to the group. Each of these was also a violation of "Syrian sovereignty". "This system was in use tonight as well".

The Russian general said a massive work is under way across Syria to fix vital infrastructure, including 126 schools, 92 hospitals and 105 electric power units.

The political analyst believes that thanks to the agreements, Russian Federation left the United States, the United Kingdom and France without any pretext for attacking Syria. "A Historical Perspective", in which I argued that, in the historic perspective, the Soviet Union, and later Russia, have not been successful in providing the necessary strategic umbrella to their allied radical Arab regimes during their wars against Israel and the Russian weapons systems have suffered disgraceful defeats at the hands of the Israeli military.

Putin's government represents the interests of the Russian oligarchs who consolidated their power in the wake of the Moscow Stalinist bureaucracy's dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Moscow has played a delicate diplomatic game of maintaining friendly relations with both Israel and Iran.

Syrian government ally Russian Federation and rebel supporter Turkey reached an agreement to create a demilitarised buffer zone in Idlib, Syria s last opposition bastion, where half of its three million residents have been displaced from areas retaken by Syrian forces.

"Iran can not dictate the future for the Syrian people".

The deal reached between Moscow and Ankara calls for the DMZ separating Syrian government forces from the Islamist militias to consist of a 15 to 20-kilometer buffer around the province. The most powerful is Tahrir al-Sham, an amalgamation of Islamist groups dominated by the former Nusra Front - an al Qaeda affiliate until 2016. "During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation".

"Had ISIS seized control of Syria, what would have Lebanon's fate been?" he asked. "The outcome here was the least bad of (the) realistic solutions", he said.

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