September 18, 2018 / 1:46 PM / a month ago

Russia's Putin, Israel's Netanyahu may speak by phone on Tuesday: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin may speak by phone to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday after a Russian military aircraft was shot down near Syria, RIA news agency cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 12, 2018. Valery Sharifulin/TASS Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERS

The Russian plane was downed earlier by Syrian anti-aircraft systems in an incident the Russian Ministry of Defence said was indirectly caused by Israeli jets, which had put the Russian plane in the path of danger.

Putin has since said that the military plane’s downing was the result of a chain of tragic and chance circumstances.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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