Israel’s downing of Russian Il-20 motivated by agreement on Idlib – Syrian official
Syrian parliament secretary Khaled Aboud on Sunday said the attack by Israel on Syria, which led to the downing of the Russian Il-20 military plane, was triggered by the West’s reaction to last week’s agreement between Ankara and Moscow on a demilitarised buffer zone in Idlib, Russian Sputnik news reported.
Fifteen Russian airmen were killed last week when a Russian airplane was accidentally shot down by Syria’s air defenses soon after an Israeli strike near the coastal Syrian city of Latakia. Russia maintains the incident was caused by “misleading information” provided by the Israeli military while Israel has pointed the finger at Syria, blaming them for ‘’recklessness’’ in the incident.
‘’The agreement reached in Sochi and the attack on Latakia by Israel hours later, followed by the downing of the Il-20 plane should not be thought of as developments that are completely independent of each other,’’ Aboud told Sputnik. The Syrian parliament secretary added that the regime is sure this is not an attack by Israel alone, but one which took place under the protection of the United States and Europe.
The United States, Europe and Israel believed the agreement turned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan into a saviour, Ubud told Sputnik, adding Israel acted hastily to become the first party to intervene in the agreement on Idlib.
Turkish President Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to establish a demilitarised zone in the Syrian region of Idlib on Sept. 17. Accordingly, all opposition fighters would have to leave the 15 to 20 kilometre-wide strip in the last opposition stronghold by Oct. 10.