Il-20 aircraft crash: Putin defuses crisis situation after Russian Defense Ministry blames Syria

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MOSCOW: Hours after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held Syria responsible for the fatal crash of Russia’s Il-20 aircraft, President Vladimir Putin tried to defuse the situation by calling the incident a tragic chance event.

“It looks most likely in this case that it was a chain of tragic chance events, because an Israeli aircraft did not shoot down our aircraft. But, without any doubt we need to seriously get to the bottom of what happened.

“As for retaliatory measures, they will be aimed first and foremost at further ensuring the safety of our military personnel and facilities in Syria. And these will be steps that everyone will notice,” Putin said.

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