Israel's Channel Two quotes Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov saying that ongoing Israeli airstrikes are harming relations between Israel and Russia, and that Russia's response to the downing of the plane was meant to "increase the security" of Russian soldiers in Syria.
The incident led Russian Federation this week to announce new security measures to protect its military in Syria, including supplying the Syrian Army with an S-300 system and jamming radars of nearby warplanes.
Since intervening in Syria's war, Russian Federation has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks inside the country.
It is possible that Trump will intervene and ease the burden, but in the meantime, it is Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman against Putin, the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Russian uniformed officers, who very much do not like Israelis at the moment.
The Israeli premier made the provocative remarks on Tuesday before boarding a flight to NY, where he will address the United Nations General Assembly, claiming that Tel Aviv would adopt the measures to prevent Iran from increasing its presence in the Arab country.
For several years, Israel and Russian Federation have maintained a special hotline to prevent their air forces from clashing in the skies over Syria. "What's important to us is that the weapons defense systems that the Russians transfer to Syria are not used against us".
"This has pushed us to adopt adequate response measures directed at boosting the security of Russian troops" in Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement.
However, Israel said that coordination between the IDF and the Russian military will continue, and Netanyahu announced that representatives from the Russian and Israeli militaries will meet soon.
His comments came as Iran, at the official request of the Syrian government, has been offering advisory military assistance to the Arab country, which is fighting an all-out foreign-backed militancy during the past seven years. On Monday, Defence Ministry spokesman Maj.
U.S. National security adviser John Bolton said on Monday: "We have American forces in the area we're concerned about".
Russian Federation ordered its plane back to base.
Without question, the rising tension with Russian Federation, as well as the unacceptable threat of Iranian forces in Syria, will be a major focus of those talks. For its part, Israel is wary of Iran's growing influence in Syria. He also said that the new system "will cool down the hotheads [in Israel] and prevent ill-considered actions threatening Russian soldiers".
Alexander Khramchikhin of the Moscow-based Institute of Military and Political Analysis said the S-300 could "seriously affect Israel's ability to carry out its strikes in Syria".
"The Russians are careful guys and have their arrangement with the Israelis", he said.
According to the statement, Putin reiterated that Russia holds Israel responsible for the downing of the Russian plane.
Hard-line armed groups have rejected the deal, saying it aims to strip the opposition of weapons and is a victory for Assad's government.