Israel's coordination with Russia on its attacks in Syria remains unchanged despite the deadly downing of a Russian plane and the Jewish state retains its right to decide on military actions, an Israeli official said Friday. The incident threatened to derail the close security ties between Russian Federation and Israel.
"Russia is extremely angry at Assad and Iran which sends weapons to Hezbollah in Syria", Katz added.
Israel has vowed to stop its arch-foe Iran, which backs the Assad regime, from entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria.
The Israeli military has said its fighter jets were targeting a Syrian military facility involved in providing weapons for Iran's proxy Hezbollah militia and insisted it warned Russian Federation of the coming raid in accordance with deconfliction agreements.
Israel says it was targeting a Syrian military facility where weapons manufacturing systems were "about to be transferred on behalf of Iran" to Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah. It accused the Israeli military of deliberately using the Russian plane as a cover to dodge Syrian defenses and threatened to retaliate. Gen. Amikam Norkin, to Moscow to share with their Russian counterparts the IDF's initial findings, which the army said showed Syria, not Israel, was responsible for the downing of the plane.
In its report, the IDF said Syria unleashed a "rampage" of anti-aircraft fire in all directions during the Israeli assault, according to Ynet, which cited a copy of the 40-page document.
The Israeli official said the meeting in Moscow was an opportunity to improve the mechanism the countries have been using to avoid unintended confrontations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018.
The Russian defence ministry previously blamed Israel for the downing of Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft which was downed by Syrian government anti-aircraft guns in "friendly fire".
Senior Israeli ministers also held phone calls with their Russian counterparts.
Putin said Tuesday he did not directly blame Israel for the downing of the spy plane and instead lamented a "chain of tragic accidental circumstances".
An Israeli delegation led by its air force chief this week presented Moscow with its findings on the incident, "including recordings of the conversations between the Israeli air force and the Russian air force component in Syria", said the Israeli official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.