Russia and Israel are still at odds. Last week, a Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down over Syria by Syrian air defenses. The Russians still blamed Israel for the attack, but they quickly put the incident behind them. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the event as an accident, and Israel dispatched the head of its air force to brief Russia. But on Sunday, Russia went back on the offensive, claiming that Israel’s version of events represented deliberate lies. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Israel did not give an adequate warning of the presence of its planes over Syria, and Israeli planes were not in Israeli airspace at the time Russia’s plane was shot down. Russian media described Israel’s alleged actions as “treacherous,” “deliberate” and “hostile.” Israel’s defense minister attempted to defuse the situation, insisting that Israel-Russia relations were “under control” and rejecting the Russian Defense Ministry’s account of the incid
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