"It sounds to me and it seems to me based on a review of the facts that Syria shot down a Russian plane. And I understand about 14 people were killed and that’s a very sad thing but that’s what happens," Trump said.
"We have done a tremendous job in Syria and in that region eradicating ISIS, which is why we are there. And we are very close to finishing that job," he added.
On Sept. 17, Russian state news agency TASS reported that a Russian IL-20 military aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean on Monday. TASS, citing the Russian defense ministry, said the aircraft went off the radars during an attack by four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia, where Russia has based much of its military presence, including aircraft.
The Russian military later said that the Russian maritime patrol aircraft was shot by Syrian regime anti-aircraft artillery amid the Israeli attack.