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

26 Septembre 2018

But he also repeated Moscow's accusations that Israel was to blame for the crash: "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".

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had in the past obliged Israel by refraining from providing Syria with the S-300.

The plane was shot down by a Syrian missile, but Russia faulted Israel for the crash because an Israeli fighter jet allegedly had used the Russian plane as a screen against Syria's air defenses. Russian Federation laid the blame on Israel, saying Israeli fighter jets had pushed the plane into Syria's line of fire.

"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.

"In this case, Russian Federation is acting only in accordance with its interests", Peskov said.

Contrary to claims by Israeli officials, Moscow did blame Israel for Syrian anti-aircraft batteries inadvertently shooting down a Russian spy plane that was flying near to where the Israeli aircraft had launched their missiles.

"Unfortunately, the Russians have stated their intention to introduce very sophisticated anti-aircraft systems into Syria, give it to the Syrian army".

Last week, Russia's foreign ministry said Israel must provide Moscow with more information about the downing of the military aircraft near the Syrian coast. He also said that Russian Federation would start to electronically jam aircraft flying in to attack targets in Syria. But it blamed Israel for creating risky conditions that caused the crash.

Moscow had said that Israel would suffer "catastrophic consequences" if they targeted the equipment.

The S-300 missiles are mounted on a truck in tubes, giving the weapons the look of a logging truck and an ability to move about to avoid attacks.

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.

Pentagon officials also declined to comment on whether US forces in Syria have increased defensive measures or shifted their operations, as a result of the influx of new Russian weaponry. Shoigu is perfectly aware of this public eagerness to blame Israel, so he persisted with this politically shrewd stance, even if he delivered Putin into a "lose-lose" situation.

According to Nikolai Sokov, a Senior Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, the Russians will now sit on-site at Syrian air defense sites, which Israel frequently bombs. "This compelled us to take reasonable measures in response, meant to improve the safety of Russian soldiers".

Israel, which intends to keep its distance from the Syrian conflict, while defending its interests, has since 2013 regularly carried out strikes against the Syrian government, its Lebanese ally Hezbollah and Iranian targets. Israeli military officials have previously praised its effectiveness.

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