Netanyahu and Russian Defense Minister
Netanyahu and Russian Defense MinisterChaim Tzach/GPO

The Russian Defense Ministry will publish a report on the incident of the downing of the Russian spy plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire after the Israeli attack near Latakia last week.

At the end of the week, Arab media claimed Russia rejected the findings submitted by the Israeli delegation headed by the Air Force commander, but no confirmation was given.

The Russians intend to publish a reconstruction of the events, minute by minute, according to the findings of their army investigation. A spokesman for the Kremlin said last night that the information provided by the Israeli security delegation, headed by Air Force Commander Major General Amikam Nurkin, was taken into account during the preparation of the report.

Asked whether the incident would have a future impact on relations between Russia and Israel, he replied that "it is still too early to talk about the issue."

A diplomatic source emphasized at the end of the week that the coordination mechanism between the IDF and the Russian army in Syria was functioning again, adding that the Israeli delegation had agreed with the Russian side to examine improving the coordination mechanism to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The Russian response in recent days creates confusion in the political system. On the one hand, in talks between Netanyahu and President Putin after the incident, it seemed that the tempers calmed down, but later came the firm responses of the Russian embassy in Israel and the Foreign Ministry in Moscow, which demanded a more thorough investigation of the incident on the Israeli side.