Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Russian Federation to supply S-300 missile defence systems to Syria

Russian Federation to supply S-300 missile defence systems to Syria

"We will continue to act to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and we will continue the military coordination between the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) and the Russian army", Netanyahu told reporters before boarding a flight to NY, where he will address the U.N. General Assembly.

Deploring the Israeli officials' insistence on continuation of aerial attacks on Syria, Klintsevich said it would only complicate the situation and not benefit Tel Aviv at all.

According to the data, the Syrian air defense's missile was, in fact, targeting an Israeli F-16 jet before it abruptly altered its course and eventually hit the Russian aircraft.

The announcement by Russian Federation on Monday to transfer its advanced S-300 air-defense system to the Syrian government within two weeks is a disturbing yet surmountable challenge to Israel.

FILE- In this file photo taken on Saturday, March 4, 2017, The Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane of the Russian air force with the registration number RF 93610, which was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli air strike flies near Kubinka airport, outside Moscow, Russia.

Monday's incident highlighted the dangers posed by the conflicting interests of various powers in the crowded skies over war-torn Syria and threatened to damage relations between Russian Federation and Israel. It could embolden the Syrian regime to fire even more aggressively at Israel's air force.

The Russian military aircraft was downed by Syrian government missile defense systems, killing all 15 people on board.

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"For Israel, it may have to balance more carefully the desire to limit the production of advanced missiles and prevent their transfer, with essentially direct confrontation with Syria", said Ofer Zalzberg, a Jerusalem-based analyst with International Crisis Group.

The downing of the plane came just hours after Russia announced it had reached a deal with Turkey to avert a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the northwestern province of Idlib, controlled by a mix of radical groups and Turkey-backed armed opposition.

Russia claimed that its S-300 defense system will be able to close parts of the Syrian airspace "where necessary", a Russian Foreign Ministry director said in a news conference on Tuesday.

"We're not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders and that includes Iranian proxies and militias", Bolton said in a striking departure from earlier public pledges by Donald Trump that the 2,000 USA troops in Syria would leave "very soon" once the Islamic State was completely defeated there.

In his call with Netanyahu, Putin said he disagreed with the Israeli version of events concerning the downing of the Russian plane.

It seems clear however, that for Russian Federation, the transfer of the S-300 at this stage of the Syrian conflict is to save face.

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. Putin has played his cards skillfully and has made his government a more broadly influential interlocutor in the Middle East than the United States despite having expended far fewer resources in the region than the United States has over the last couple of decades.

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