Did the Israeli Air Force fend off Russian planes along with the Jordanian Air Force…King Abdullah says so
King Abdullah II of Jordan has claimed that Jordanian jets helped Israeli warplanes confront Russian aircraft on the southern Syrian border at an unspecified time.
The Middle East Eye (MEE) news portal and Haaretz published the claim by Abdullah on Friday, saying the monarch had made the remarks to US Congressmen on January 11 without disclosing the date of the purported confrontation.
“We saw the Russians fly down, but they were met with Israeli and Jordanian F-16s,” Abdullah (seen below) was cited as saying. “The Russians were shocked and understood they could not mess with us.”
The source also quoted the king as saying that the reported development had been followed by diplomatic efforts aimed at de-escalation, during which Jordan would often speak “on behalf of Israel.”
“We discussed an idea on how to keep the Russians in their place,” he allegedly told the lawmakers of the meetings that ensued, adding that Amman and Moscow agreed during the sessions on the exact sphere of their military activities.
Moscow is yet to produce an official reaction to the report.
Upon a request from Damascus, Russia started combat sorties against terrorist positions in Syria on September 30, 2015.
On March 14, Russian President
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