Russian Federation boosts Syrian air defense after plane shot down

Russian officials said the move is part of President Putin's plan to bolster security for Russian troops in Syria.

Israel said it had warned Russian Federation of the airstrike in advance, and its jets were already back in Israeli airspace when Syria fired its missile.

According to the Syrian president's office, Putin told Assad the blame for the plane incident lay squarely with Israel.

US national security adviser John Bolton meanwhile said Monday that delivery of the Russian S-300 would be a "significant escalation" in already high tensions in the region, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would raise the matter this week with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at the U.N. General Assembly. An Israeli military delegation travelled to Moscow last week to share information about the incident.

Last week's crash, which killed 15 Russian service members, had forced Moscow to take "adequate retaliatory measures to increase the safety of Russian military fighting worldwide terrorism in Syria", Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday in a televised address.

Bolton said the United States was doing everything it could to ensure Syria did not use chemical weapons and had pressed Russian Federation about the issue as well. Putin says "a chain of tragic circumstances" is to be blamed for a Russian military aircraft shot down by a Syrian missile.

Russia has said the S-200 system is not advanced enough for the Syrian military to distinguish Russian planes as friendly ones.

"The command posts of Syrian air defense forces and units will be equipped with automated control systems only supplied to the Russian armed forces".

Meanwhile, the Kremlin on Monday accused Israeli pilots of acting deliberately and said the downing of the Russian plane would harm relations between the two countries.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the S-300 missile defence systems will be delivered to Damascus within two weeks. Russian Federation has agreed to supply the Syrian government with a surface-to-air missile defense system as it continues to try to prop up the regime there. All 15 people aboard were killed.

Konashenkov also said that data showed that the Israeli jets remained over the Mediterranean Sea off Syria's coast after the Russian plane was downed.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army on Monday declined to comment on Moscow's S-300 delivery.

Earlier, the Russian MoD presented a minute-by-minute timeline of the Il-20 downing.

"We believe that the Israeli air force and those who were making decisions about these actions are fully to blame for the tragedy that happened to the Russian Il-20 plane", Major General Igor Konashenkov said. Moscow said Israel alone was responsible for the incident, accusing the IDF of failing to give notice of its attack in a timely and accurate manner, and claiming the Israeli pilots used the Russian surveillance aircraft as cover during their strike.

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