Russia denies its jets had close calls with Israeli aircraft

Russia fought back Friday against reports that one of its aircraft intercepted an Israeli plane near the Syrian border in recent days.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said the reports in Israeli media were inaccurate and said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not discuss the charge during their meeting Thursday in Moscow, The Times of Israel reported.

“I do not want to comment on Israeli media,” Peskov said Friday. “The reports of the Israeli media outlets are far from reality in this case.”

There were conflicting reports Thursday about the incident. The YNet news website reported that a single Russian jet was scrambled to meet an Israeli military plane along its northern border with Syria. Channel 2 claimed Russian and Israeli fighter squadrons nearly confronted each other along Syria’s coastline.

Netanyahu called the meeting with Putin Thursday, which focused on coordination between the two militaries along Syria’s border, “very successful,” The Times of Israel reported.

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