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Russia blames Israel after plane shot down by Syrian forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Russia is blaming Israel after a Russian military plane was shot down by Syrian forces, claiming the plane was in the line of fire during an Israeli strike, CNN reports.

The big picture: Israel has acknowledged striking Syria in the past to keep groups like Hezbollah from obtaining advanced weapons, but the deaths of 15 Russian servicemen complicate an already-tense diplomatic situation. Israel's ambassador to Moscow was summoned by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in response to the incident, per Reuters.

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