Russian Federation to provide Syria with new S-300 air defence missiles

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

The Russian Defence Ministry said Israeli fighter jets deliberately used the Russian plane as cover.

Speaking with reporters at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in NY on Monday, National Security Advisor John Bolton warned that "introducing the S-300s to the Syrian government would be a significant escalation by the Russians". The Syrian missiles were defending against Israeli planes that were bombing Iranian targets in Syria.

Russia has made a decision to arm its Syrian partners with an advanced anti-aircraft weapons system and to target the electronic systems of any military aircraft that launches strikes in Syrian territory, the Russian defence ministry said Monday in response to losing a spy plane last week.

For its part, Israel is wary of Iran's growing influence in Syria, which is bringing its archenemy closer to its borders.

Russian Federation is the main ally of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who Israel has repeatedly targeted.

"A modern S-300 air defense missile system will be transferred to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks", he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the move an "adequate" measure, aimed at "preventing any potential threat" to the lives of Russian service personnel deployed to Syria, in phone exchange with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"In regions near Syria over the Mediterranean Sea, there will be radio-electronic suppression of satellite navigation, on-board radar systems and communication systems of military aviation attacking objects on Syrian territory", he said.

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Shoigu said Russian Federation is now going to go ahead with the shipment because "the situation has changed, and it's not our fault". Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said that the Russian deaths were "a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military".

He said the warning time before the strike was "much longer than one minute".

An Israeli official said the information showed that the Russian plane was shot down because Syrian batteries had "fired recklessly, irresponsibly and unprofessionally, long after our planes were no longer there".

Israeli experts fear that Russian President Vladimir Putin is exploiting the downing of a Russian aircraft in Syria last week to change the rules of the game in the war-torn country.

"You know that Israel and the Russian Federation have quite advanced relations", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

The Russian government has agreed to provide the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with a missile defense system, according to the BBC. Last week's downing has put Russia's relationship with Israel to the test. One former military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that USA pilots had several incidents over the years where Syrian systems would launch missiles as they were flying overhead, but nothing came close to hitting a US jet.

Russian antiicraft missile systems - the S-300, right, and the S-400 - on display at a military industrial exhibition in Zhukovsky, in the Moscow region, on August 14, 2014.

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