4 Apr 2019 21:33

Russian-Israeli relations developing, despite Il-20 crash - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. April 4 (Interfax) - The crash of Russia's Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft over the Mediterranean, which Russia believes was provoked by the Israeli Air Force, will remain in history of bilateral relations, but contacts between the two countries are continuing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

"Unfortunately, such things will remain on the body of bilateral relations. This is part of history of our relations, and there's no getting away from it," Zakharova said on the Echo of Moscow radio station on Thursday.

Contacts between Russia and Israel are continuing, "we are developing relations, we hear the Israeli side, and we really want the Israeli side to hear us on matters that are extremely important to us," she said.

"But, again, such pages can't just be torn out. Yes, you can turn them over and start a new one, but they will remain there," she said.