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Russia demands ‘further explanations’ from Israel over downed plane

Russia’s Foreign Ministry is requesting that Israel open another investigation into Monday’s incident over Syria that led to the downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane, according to the official Interfax news agency.

The report says Moscow wants “further inquiries and explanations” from Israel regarding Syria’s downing of the Russian plane it mistook for an Israeli aircraft.

Initially, Russia’s Defense Ministry blamed the incident on Israel, but Putin later sought to defuse tensions, pointing at “a chain of tragic accidental circumstances.”

However, in an apparent about-turn on Thursday, Russia’s embassy in Tel Aviv excoriated Israel for its “irresponsible and unfriendly actions” that lead to the downing of the plane and the deaths of all 15 on board.

Netanyahu has offered to share data with Russia on what was happening in the sky over Syria that day and dispatched the Israeli air force chief to Moscow. The official is due to arrive in Moscow later today.

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