Kremlin Denies Russia Rejected Offer on Netanyahu Visit After Il-20 Downing

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Earlier in the day, Israeli media reported that Moscow allegedly turned down an Israeli offer on the visit by its high-ranking officials following last week’s downing of a Russian military plane off the Syrian coast.

The Kremlin spokesman has denied Israeli media reports which claimed that Moscow had rejected Tel Aviv’s offer on a visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman after the downing of the Il-20 in Syria.

“This is not true. The newspaper [Haaretz] provides incorrect information. From the very beginning, there was a proposal by the Israeli prime minister to send a military delegation headed by the commander of the air force, which was done,” Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

He added that the Israeli military brought its information on the Il-20 crash, while Russia had provided its own detailed data on the incident.

The statement comes after the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported, citing sources on Wednesday, saying that in the immediate wake of the downing of a Russian Il-20 military reconnaissance plane by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile over the Mediterranean, Moscow rejected Israeli attempts to send senior political officials to Russia.

Israel had initially planned to send a delegation headed by National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat to Moscow that would have included representatives of the Israeli Air Force and military General Staff…

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