Russian Federation to send newer, S-300 missile defense systems to Syria

Russian Federation has blamed Israel, while Israel in turn has accused Syria and Iran of downing the plane.

Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, tweeted that the Russian accusation Israel was to blame for the Russian plane being shot down was "fake news ... meant to assuage diplomatic pressures and cloud the responsibility of Syrian and Russian officers for downing the plane". "These data were taken from the radars of the command and control post of the S-400 missile system deployed at the Hmeymim airbase", Konashenkov said. Now, days later, that "tragic chain of events" was determined by Putin's minions to have been caused by Israeli "lack of professionalism or criminal negligence", according to a Russian defense ministry spokesman.

"We are convinced the implementation of these measures will cool "hotheads" and deter unreasonable actions that threaten our servicemen".

Shoigu said Russia will equip Syrian anti-aircraft units with Russian tracking and guidance systems in order to identify Russian aircraft.

Russian Federation launched its campaign in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in 2015 and though the involvement turned the tide of war in favour of Syrian government forces, Moscow has since played a careful balancing act, maintaining good ties both with Iran and Israel.

A top Syrian official has said a new air defence system from ally Russian Federation will force Israel to "think carefully" before carrying out any more air strikes in the country.


On Monday, Israel's Channel 2 reported that Netanyahu would attempt to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to offer Russian President Vladimir Putin a "diplomatic initiative" in exchange for the latter refraining from delivering the S-300 system to Syria. For its part, Israel is wary of Iran's growing influence in Syria. According to Sana news agency, the military said it had intercepted "enemy missiles coming from the open sea towards the city of Latakia".

"We think introducing the S-300s to the Syrian government would be a significant escalation by the Russians", US national security advisor John Bolton said on Monday, adding: "and something that we hope if these press reports are accurate, they would reconsider". Russia's objectives are also served to the extent it can nudge Israel to focus on targets that have more to do with Iran and Hezbollah and less to do with the Syrian regime. But he also repeated Moscow's accusations that Israel was to blame for the plane's downing: "No doubt that according to our military experts, deliberate action by Israeli pilots was the reason for the tragedy and this can not but harm our (Russia-Israeli) ties".

Turkish military vehicles have entered Idlib after militants snubbed an agreement between Turkey and Russian Federation for the creation of a buffer zone in the northwestern Syrian province, the last major militant stronghold in the Arab country.

Meanwhile, in northwestern Syria, preparations were underway to set up a demilitarized zone around the rebel-held province of Idlib, the last major area controlled by a mix of Turkey-backed opposition fighters and other insurgent groups, including al-Qaida-linked militants.

'Russia in this case is acting in its interests only, these actions are not directed against third countries, but towards defending our own military, ' he said. The Russian president also informed Assad of the S-300 delivery, it said.


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