Defense minister says Russian plane downed in Syria was conducting reconnaissance over Idlib de-escalation zone / News / News agency Inforos
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Defense minister says Russian plane downed in Syria was conducting reconnaissance over Idlib de-escalation zone

The Russian Il-20 that was shot down by Syrian air defense systems had been conducting reconnaissance activity in the Idlib de-escalation zone before the crash, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

"Our reconnaissance airplane Il-20 with 15 crew members on board - that had been conducting reconnaissance tasks over the Idlib de-escalation zone to find places of storage and collection of unmanned aerial vehicles which fly from this zone and strike various Syrian regions - was in the strike zone, strictly speaking between Israel’s aircraft - four F-16 planes - and Syrian territory," he said at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry Board.

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