United States warns Russian Federation deploying S-300 in Syria would be 'major mistake'

The downing of the plane came just hours after Russia announced it had reached a deal with Turkey to avert a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the northwestern province of Idlib, controlled by a mix of radical groups and Turkey-backed armed opposition.

"We are certain that the realisation of these measures will cool the "hot heads" and will keep them from poorly thought-out actions which threaten our servicemen", Shoigu said. Israel, which has repeatedly bombed Iranian targets in Syria, had always been opposed to such deliveries, and Russian Federation has in the past abided by Israel's request.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that supplying advanced weapon systems to "irresponsible players" would increase dangers in the region, Netanyahu's office said.

"According to information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots which certainly can not but harm our relations", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

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

Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed the additional measures and delivery of the S-300 system on the phone Monday, the Kremlin said.

It will also give the Syrian military the ability to jam onboard communications systems and radar.

"Russia in this case is acting in its interests only, these actions are not directed against third countries, but towards defending our own military", he said.

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Israel regularly carries out strikes in Syria against Assad's government, its Lebanese ally Hezbollah and Iranian targets.

Russian Federation already has its own S-300 air defense system in Syria, along with the more advanced S-400 system.

The Russian IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had in the past obliged Israel by refraining from supplying Syria with the system.

The Russian-made system, made up of radar arrays and missile launchers, offers long-range protection against both fighter jets and missiles.

Russian antiicraft missile systems - the S-300, right, and the S-400 - on display at a military industrial exhibition in Zhukovsky, in the Moscow region, on August 14, 2014.

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces released a statement saying that "Israel expresses its regret over the death of the crew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire".

But, the Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday accused Israel of using the hotline to mislead Russia about its plans. "Most importantly, we will guarantee the identification of all Russian aircraft by the Syrian air defense systems", Shoigu said. Israel flies missions with relative ease over Syria, given the latter's largely antiquated air defenses, and Israeli officials recently admitted to carrying out more than 200 bombing raids inside Syria over the past two years.

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