Russia's defense ministry says it lost contact with plane in Syria

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However, the downing of a Russian aircraft in the crowded airspace over Syria may alter Israeli military calculations and its ability to operate against Iran.

"At the same time, the Russian radars fixed missile launches from the French frigate Auvergne, which was in that area", the Defense Ministry said.

A Russian military jet carrying 14 servicemen vanished from radar over the Mediterranean Sea late Monday as Syria came under attack by Israeli aircraft, the defence ministry said.

Earlier in the day, Russian Federation and Turkeyreached an agreement over a partial demilitarization of the Idlib province, which is the last remaining stronghold of anti-government insurgency and al-Qaeda-linked terror groups in Syria.

SANA added that it was not immediately known who fired the missiles, although suspicion will fall on Israel, which has launched frequent attacks on what it says are Iranian proxy forces in Syria. The French also denied involvement in the disappearance.

The strikes followed a similar attack on Damascus International Airport late on Saturday, which Syrian state media also blamed on Israel.

Russian Federation pointed the finger at a French Navy ship, The Auvergne, which was in the area at the time it lost contact with its aircraft.

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A United States official said Washington believed the aircraft, which is an Il-20 turbo-prop plane used for electronic reconnaissance, was inadvertently shot down by anti-aircraft artillery operated by Moscow's ally, the Syrian regime.

Putin said "radical militants" would have to withdraw from the zone. Reports from Idlib indicate that Al Nusra has set up gallows in the province to hang anyone supporting a peaceful settlement with the Syrian government.

Russian Federation and the Syrian regime have previously boasted about their air defense capabilities.

Israel is alleged to have been behind a series of airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country's war fighting alongside the government.

Erdogan said that the deal "will prevent a humanitarian tragedy that could happen as a result of military action" and that the agreement between the two countries would bring "hope to the region".

It said electricity was later fully restored to Latakia province, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, after there was partial blackout due to the attack. What is certain is that the explosive geopolitical conflicts concentrated in the struggle in Syria are threatening to erupt into a far wider regional and even world war.

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