'Israel won't down a Russian warplane if it enters its air space'

By NOAM AMIR/MAARIV HASHAVUA
November 26, 2015 17:24

 
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Israel will not take action against Russian fighter jets that encroach into its air space, a senior air force official said on Thursday.

The issue of Russian sorties in Syria was magnified in recent days after Turkey downed a Su-24 fighter jet that it claims entered its air space near the border.

According to Israeli military officials, such a scenario is not in danger of repeating itself in the skies over the Golan Heights.

"The Russian military is a new, key player which we are not ignoring," a senior military official told reporters on Thursday. "There is a clear boundary here, and they are busy with their matters, and we are busy with ours."

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