Russia's defence ministry said early on Tuesday that one if its military aircraft with 14 people on board disappeared from radar screens over Syria at the same time that missiles were targeting Latakia.
Russian state media reported that the IL-20 plane with 14 servicemen aboard "disappeared" on Monday over the Mediterranean, near the Hmeimim airbase in Syria.
"At the same time, the Russian radars fixed missile launches from the French frigate Auvergne, which was in that area", the Defense Ministry said.
The fate of the military personnel is 'unknown, ' the ministry said in a statement which was carried by Russian news agencies. A military official quoted then on state media said Syrian air defenses intercepted some missiles coming from the sea.
The aircraft was shot down by an anti-aircraft system the Russians sold to the Syrians several years ago, the official said.
Air traffic controllers at the Russian air base in Latakia "lost contact" with the aircraft Monday evening "during the attack of Israeli F-16 fighters on Latakia", rt.com quoted the Russian defense ministry as saying.
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An Israeli military spokesperson when asked about both the reported Israeli strike and the Russian plane said: "We don't comment on foreign reports".
A Russian military plane with 14 servicemen aboard was accidentally shot down by Syrian air defenses as they tried to repel an alleged Israeli strike on Monday, a USA official told CNN.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, said huge explosions were heard in the city. Israel reportedly conducted another raid on targets at Damascus International Airport on September 15, 2018, and had hit targets near the port city of Tartus, where Russian Federation has its only naval port on the Mediterranean, on September 4, 2018.
After an airstrike in which United States and its allies fired over 100 missiles towards suspected chemical weapons facilities in April, Russian forces claimed the "high-effectiveness" of Russian-supplied weapons and "excellent training of Syrian servicemen" had shot down 71 missiles.
After more than four hours of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said their two countries would "prevent a humanitarian tragedy".
But a French army spokesman pushed back, saying: "The French army denies any involvement in this attack".