Putin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane in Syria

 | Darya Korsunskaya and Stephen Farrell 09/18/2018 9:34 AM MDT
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MOSCOW/JERUSALEM, Sept 18 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the shooting down of a Russian military plane near Syria's seacoast was the result of a chain of tragic and chance circumstances.

Russia's Defence Ministry said earlier that the aircraft was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft systems, but accused Israel of indirectly causing the incident, saying Israeli jets nearby had put the Russian plane in the path of danger. The ministry threatened to retaliate over what it called a hostile act.

Putin's comments, made after talks with Hungary's prime minister in Moscow, appeared to somewhat defuse the situation though he said Russia needed to look further into what happened.