Furious with Israel, Russia gives Assad advanced anti-aircraft system

Furious with Israel, Russia gives Assad advanced anti-aircraft system

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow would send Russia's powerful S-300 ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, a longtime ally, in the next two weeks.

"The S-300 is to be supplied to Syria within the fortnight", Shoigu said in comments published by the Russian news agency Interfax. It accused the Israelis of using the Russian plane as a cover to avoid Syrian air defense systems.

Israel strongly disputed the assertion and vowed it will continue to act against Iranian targets in neighboring Syria.

But Moscow insisted the Syrians had no capability to determine which plane was friend or foe with their outdated Soviet system.

Russian Federation is providing Syria an air missile system, which is drawing strong objections from Israel.

"(Russia will) transfer the modern S-300 air defence system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks".

More news: How to watch West Ham vs Chelsea online, TV

Peskov said the new measures were decided on to boost the security of its troops in Syria.

"According to information of our military experts, the reason [behind the downing] were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots which certainly can not but harm our relations", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. "Russia needs to increase safety of its military and it should be clear for everyone", he said.

Israel and Russian Federation have been embroiled in a tense diplomatic row since the downing of the Ilyushin Il-20 electronic surveillance aircraft last week, during an Israeli air strike near the Syrian city of Latakia.

Last week's downing has put Russia's relationship with Israel to a test.

A flurry of shuttle diplomacy by Israeli officials to Russia appeared to be paying off in May, when Russian officials said just days after a visit by Netanyahu that they were not planning on selling the system to Syria.

Putin informed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about the missile delivery in a phone call on Monday, according to a statement issued by Syria's presidency.

More news: Manchester United vs Wolves: Mourinho drops Martial, Alexis to start EPL clash

"We're not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies and militias", he said.

Russian jets have been conducting air raids against Daesh and other terror outfits inside Syria at the Damascus government's request since September 2015.

Russian Federation suspended the supply of an S-300 system at an earlier stage in the war, amid Israeli concerns that it could be used against it.

The Israeli military on Sunday rejected the Russian defense ministry's claim that it was entirely to blame for the downing of a Russian spy plane by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli strike last week, reiterating that Syria was at fault.

FILE - A photo taken on July 23, 2006 shows an Russian IL-20M plane landing at an unknown location.

Russian Federation has blamed Israel, whose military was conducting airstrikes on Syria at the time, for the incident. Russian Federation will also jam the electronic communications of aircraft attacking targets in Syria, he said.

More news: Man City’s De Bruyne targets derby day return

Related Articles