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September 18, 2018 3:29 PM Israel blames Syria for Russian aircrew deaths but 'expresses sorrow'

Israel says Syria is to blame for the deaths of 15 Russian aircrew shot down by Syrian forces after Israel launched an air raid on the city of Latakia. Israel "expressed sorrow" for the deaths but blamed "extensive and inaccurate" Syrian anti-aircraft fire. The Il-20 plane was downed over the Mediterranean Sea on Monday evening. Russia initially blamed 7

September 18, 2018 8:25 AM Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Russia has said Syria shot down one its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli jets forced the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets. The Il-20 disappeared off the radar 8

September 18, 2018 5:27 AM Russia blames Israel after plane shot down in Syria 'friendly-fire' incident

The aircraft was coming into land at a base in Syria when it is said to have been downed by air defence missiles. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences". Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria 8

September 18, 2018 1:02 AM BREAKING: Russian military aircraft 'SHOT DOWN' over Mediterranean during assault in Syria

A RUSSIAN il-20 aircraft carrying 14 Russian soldiers has gone off radar in Syria during an attack by Israel in the Latakia province, the Russian Defence Ministry has claimed. The Russian MOD confirmed in a report that air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane on Monday evening. It stated: "On September 17, at about 11 pm Moscow time (9pm BST), the communication 6

September 17, 2018 8:58 PM US sanctions on Iran are 'unproductive' and 'wrong', Russia's energy minister says

THE reimposition of punitive sanctions of Iran’s oil industry will be unproductive, while the consequences of such a move are unpredictable, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak has warned United States President Donald Trump. Sanctions are set to be re-imposed on Iran's oil industry on November 4 after Mr Trump decided to withdraw the US from international 8

September 13, 2018 10:42 AM Skripal suspects: 'We were just tourists in Salisbury'

Two men named as suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the UK claim they were merely tourists. The men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told the RT channel that they went sightseeing in Salisbury but returned to London within an hour. They are accused by the UK of trying to kill Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter 12

September 12, 2018 8:30 AM Skripal poisoning: Putin says suspects 'civilians, not criminals'

The two suspects in the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are civilians, not criminals, Russian President Vladimir Putin says. The UK government named them as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and said they were from Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU. Mr Putin said his government had found the pair and he hoped 10

September 12, 2018 6:53 AM Putin says Russia has identified suspects behind Skripal novichok poisoning

"We know who they are, we have found them," Mr Putin said at an economic forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok. "They are civilians, of course," said the president, adding that there was "nothing criminal" about them. Mr Putin said he hoped the men would come forward to tell their own story. The UK government recently concluded the men were from Russia's 6

September 8, 2018 2:26 PM Antonio Rudiger insists he did not mean to stamp on Benjamin Pavard

'It wasn't intentional': Antonio Rudiger insists he did not mean to stamp on Benjamin Pavard's neck during Germany's clash with France Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has insisted he did not mean to stamp on Benjamin Pavard's neck during their Nations League clash with France on Thursday night. The pair came together early on at the Allianz Arena when Rudiger's 11

September 7, 2018 10:39 PM The Latest: Trump celebrates 14-day sentence for former..

The Latest: Trump celebrates 14-day sentence for former aide President Donald Trump tweets "No Collusion. A great day for America!" after a former campaign adviser received a 14-day prison sentence for lying to the FBI. Former Donald Trump presidential campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who triggered the Russia investigation, and who pleaded 2