Russia says it will supply Syria with S-300 air defence system

26 September, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Israel's disputes the Russian findings and says its jets were back in Israeli airspace when the plane was downed.

The Russian Defense Ministry accused Israeli pilots of using the Russian plane as a cover, which diverted the Syrian missile aimed at an Israeli warplane, while Israel denied the accusation. His policies toward both Syria and Israel are part of a strategy of making Russian Federation an important player throughout the Middle East.

As a former veteran who fought against Israel, he believes "the S-300 will be a game-changer and end Israel's ability to strike with impunity".

"We think introducing the S-300s to the Syrian government would be a significant escalation by the Russians and something that we hope, if these press reports are accurate, they would reconsider", US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, said on Monday.

Command posts of the Syrian air defense will also be equipped with Russian automated systems, which guarantee the identification of Russian aircraft, the defense chief stated.

The reports of Cohen's trip followed an nearly three-hour meeting of the security cabinet Tuesday during which Netanyahu warned ministers to remain silent on the Russian affair, Hadashot news reported.

It remains to be seen what the S-300's delivery to the Assad regime will bring about in the region, but it would definitely mark a "significant escalation" of the situation, said US National Security Advisor John Bolton at a press conference to mark the beginning of the annual UN General Assembly in NY on September 24, 2018.

Israel, which has repeatedly bombed Iranian targets in Syria, had always been opposed to such deliveries, and Russian Federation has in the past abided by Israel's request.


"Israel has been very successful in the last three years in preventing Iran's military buildup in Syria as well as its attempts to deliver lethal weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon", Netanyahu said. Russian Federation has largely refrained from arming the Syrian air defence forces with S-300 due to protests from Israel, which would come under threat from the improved defences.

Shoigu announced that Russia would also equip Syrian air defenses with a new automated control system to enhance its efficiency and help identify Russian aircraft.

Russian Federation in April had hinted that it would supply the S-300 to Assad's government despite Israeli objections.

Pentagon officials also declined to comment on whether USA forces in Syria have increased defensive measures or shifted their operations, as a result of the influx of new Russian weaponry.

For several years, Israel and Russian Federation have maintained a special hotline to prevent their air forces from clashing in the skies over Syria. Al-Assad's persistence in blaming Israel for the downing of the Il-20M betrays his irritation with Putin's decision to cancel the Idlib offensive without any consultation with him (Russiancouncil.ru, September 21).

Moscow had said that Israel would suffer "catastrophic consequences" if they targeted the equipment.

Unlike Syria's older weapons, the S-200, the newer missiles have an electronic system to avoid hitting friendly airplanes.

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