Syria shot down Russian military plane

Syria shot down Russian military plane

Russia summoned the Israeli Ambassador to Moscow following the downing of a Russian plane over Syria, which the Russian Defence Ministry has blamed on the Israeli Air Force .

According to a representative of the ministry's press service, the Israeli Ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry over the situation.

Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel.

Russia launched a search and rescue operation where the plane crashed into the Mediterranean about 27 kilometres west of the coastal town Baniyas in Latakia Province .

Some remains of the crew members and plane debris have been picked up by the Russian Navy.

The incident which killed 15 Russian servicemen happened just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to establish a demilitarized zone around rebel hub Idlib in order to stave off a military assault.

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