September 18, 2018 / 1:50 PM / 8 months ago

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference following the talks with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia September 17, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

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.

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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