Russian Federation to study Israeli data related to downed plane

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According to Israel, this attack continued after the Israeli fighter jets left the area.

"No matter what you do to cut the route, the matter is over and the resistance possesses precision and non-precision rockets and weapons capabilities", Nasrallah said, addressing Israel in a broadcast speech.

Russia's Defense Ministry held Israel responsible for the incident, saying the regime's warplanes "created a unsafe situation" that led to the downing of the Russian aircraft by Syria's S-200 missile defense system.

Major-General Amikam Norkin will arrive in Moscow on Thursday, and will present the situation report on the incident, including the "the findings of the IDF inquiry regarding the event", and the "pre-mission information" the Israeli military was so reluctant to share in advance.

Israel has carried out some 200 airstrikes over the last 18 months, claiming that the attacks aimed to prevent Iranian weapons convoys and stop Iran from establishing a military foothold in Syria.

The downing of a Russian military aircraft over Syria this week - which Moscow and Damascus have both blamed on Israel - appears to have strained relations between Israel and Russia.

"By hiding behind the Russian plane, Israeli pilots put it in the line of fire", read a ministry statement.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his "sorrow" to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Tuesday, offering to assist Moscow in the investigation.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the incident should serve as a reminder of the need for "permanent, peaceful and political resolutions to the many overlapping conflicts in the region and the danger of tragic miscalculation in Syria's crowded theater of operations".

The incident was the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015.

Israel has admitted to striking Syria to prevent what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to Lebanon's Hezbollah, an armed movement backed by Iran and which fights alongside Syrian troops.

"These will be the steps that everyone will notice", he said, without providing further details.

Russia, along with Iran, has given Syrian President Bashar al-Assad support throughout the country's seven-year civil war, which began with a government crackdown on protesters in March 2011.

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