Russia Says Syria's New Air Defense Will Be Delivered Soon

Simon Moss
April 26, 2018

The recent recapture of Douma, a remnant rebel bastion east of Damascus, by forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, led to scattered reunions. Rudskoi did not specify the type of weapons, but his remarks follow reports in the Russian media that Moscow is considering selling its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria.

Meanwhile, in an action believed unrelated to the chemical attack, planes thought to be from Israel pounded an Iranian air base in Syria on Monday.

We will remind, after the statement of Russian Federation about the imminent delivery of anti-aircraft missile systems s-300 "Favorite" in the Syrian Arsenal on a totally free basis, among representatives of the Israeli authorities has sparked fears for the security of the Jewish state in the presence of such weapons in the neighboring country.

Russian Federation has arrayed S-300 and S-400 systems around its main bases in Syria near northeastern Latakia and has claimed that the U.S., France and Britain deliberately avoided the area for fear of interceptions during the April 13 missile strikes.

The most significant upgrade that Russian Federation could provide to enhance Syria's ability to shoot down jets and cruise missiles would be its S-300 and S-400 systems.

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The US Department of Defense has seen no verifiable proof to support Russian claims of having in its possession intact Tomahawk missiles captured in Syria, department spokesperson Eric Pahon told Sputnik on Wednesday.

An administration official confirms to CNN that the flights took place and the USA and Israel are both concerned the cargo could potentially include weapons that could eventually be used to threaten Israel. Israel also has warned that it will not accept a permanent military presence in Syria by Iran, also a staunch Assad supporter. Syria has only occasionally fired on Israeli warplanes, and then only when they are raiding Syrian airspace and bombing Syrian targets.

A report in the Kommersant daily earlier in the week, quoted unnamed Russian officials as warning of "catastrophic" consequences for all sides should Israel attack the missile batteries.

Lieberman acknowledged that the S-300 systems were already being used in Syria, but only in defense of Russian assets. According to the expert, the statement from Russia's Defence Ministry about the supplies of S-300 systems to Syria forces aggressive states, like Israel, to bethink themselves and negotiate. He said Israel's concerns are Iran and Syria.

"For several years we've been constantly in coordination and able to avoid friction with the Russians", he said. "When the Syrian systems acted against us, we destroyed them", the defense minister stressed. Especially now that it has become clear the Trump administration didn't have sound evidence of an attack, the hasty decision to resort to force was a foolish one.

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