Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the situation in the region, including in Syria, as well as bilateral relations, the Kremlin website said on Tuesday.

It said the sides “plan to discuss key issues of bilateral cooperation, first of all on the trade-economic and humanitarian trajectories, as well as to exchange opinions on the current situation in the Middle East, including Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria,” the report said.

Earlier, the Israeli prime minister said he also wanted to discuss with Putin Iran’s activity in Syria, as well as the strengthening of the mechanism for coordination between the military of Russia and Israel in order to maintain stability and avert unwanted tensions in the region.

Netanyahu’s visit to Russia will be the first one after the downing of a Russian aircraft off Syria. On September 17, 2018 Russia’s Il-20 aircraft was accidentally downed by Syrian air defenses over the Mediterranean Sea when it was returning to the Hmeymim airbase.

Russian top brass said a missile from Syria’s S-200 system downed the aircraft when it targeted four Israeli F-16 fighter jets, which attacked facilities in Latakia. All 15 Russian crew members were killed in the tragedy.

The Israeli Air Force and those who made the decision to use the Il-20 aircraft as cover are solely to blame for its crash, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said then.

On November 11, 2018, Putin and Netanyahu held a brief meeting in Paris. A few days later, the Russian president said at a press conference in Singapore that they had discussed the Il-20 incident.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Bibi went to Russia to tell Putin what he has to do or else (another IL-20).

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Chabad Putin always looks like a she-dog when he’s around Netankowski.

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Wanna bet you won’t dare to say this in front of him?

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Diego Prendergast

Perhaps SaladinonTV is a she-dog?

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For once in your life you might be correct, a better question would be “Gaspazha Putin, why are you such good friends with Henry Kissinger?”

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Kissinger serves as a direct link with Trump, outside of unsecure channels.
BTW, Kissinger promotes an US-Russia alliance to counteract China’s ambitions.

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The alleged use of Il-20 as a cover in Russian narrative made NO SENSE and was only made to avoid accusing Syrian air defences of grave negligence which would have drawn Russian public opinion against the intervention.

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@3 anonymous thumbdowners, watch this Russian MoD explanations and consider the timing!

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And the fact that S-200 is ineffective under 300m altitude while F-16 dropped GBU-39 at 90km from Latakia. For a 100m altitude, ground radars only range about 40km, after, you’re behind the horizon.

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In such kind of strike, knowing SyADF has Mach8 S-200, you drop the bombs at hi altitude to have them gliding far, then you plunge at very low altitude, at 90km from batteries, at 50m altitude, they can’t ‘see’ you,

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then you evacuate, anyway, bombs are away, what’s the point of risking 4 F-16 uselessly. Bombs were dropped at 21:43, Il-20M was shot down at 22:03.

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In 20 minutes, at low altitude, a F-16 can fly at Mach 1.2 and so has enough time to fly 500+ km and without being at any risk from S-200. Taking cover behind Il-20M makes NO SENSE

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The IDF version is the truth : at 22:03, F-16s were already in Israeli F-16. The Russian MoD narrative is covering-up Syrian air defences incompetence.

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Freaking moderation

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George King

It has to land some where and according to the Russian MOD is fair game where ever it came from and where ever it landed, all the same. Putin is the politician but the Russian MOD is in charge when it comes to threats to its country, assets, forces and response to all.

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Actualy, Putin initially started to talk about an accident. BUT, think about Russian public opinion and Douma would Syrian militaries be held for what they are : responsible of the shot-down. It would have given ammos to Putin’s opponents.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Wrong, this is a well planned Israel action, that is all.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Well planned by Israel, and this is just a criminal behavior. My surprise is that Putin consider this as an accident. This has nothing to do with an accident.