Mustafa AY – TDO – 25.09.2018 On Monday, Russian Ministry of Defence announced their plans to deploy S-300 surface-to-ground missile system to Syria within two weeks. Russia’s decision followed the incident that Russian Il-20 was shot down by Syrian S-200 on account of Israeli jet’s manoeuvres on 17th of September.
While Israeli F-16s were preparing to execute air-raids to military bases and facilities belonging to Assad Regime in Syria through Eastern Mediterranean, Syria’s S-200 locked on Israeli jets to repel the airstrike. However, since Israeli jets used Russia’s Il-20 plane as a cover to avoid the missiles, Russian plane was accidentally shot down. As a result of the incident, 15 soldiers including Il-20’s crew died.
Following the crash, Russian MoD held Israel accountable for the crash and casualties. Russian officials claimed that Israel didn’t inform themselves about the aerial operation. That’s why, Russian officials accused Israel of the incident. In response to Russia’s allegations, Tel Aviv didn’t concede the responsibility of Russian plane’s crash and soldiers’ death.