Russian Federation to "cool hotheads" by putting S-300s in Syria - English

Marsha Scott
September 26, 2018

These have mainly revolved around disagreements on Middle Eastern issues.

In May 1967, the Soviet Union breaks off relations with Israel during the Arab-Israeli war. Over a decade more than one million of them emigrate to Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a telephone call with Putin on Monday that "transferring advanced weapons systems into irresponsible hands will increase the dangers in the region", according to a statement from Netanyahu's office.

Traditionally closer to Arab nations, Russian Federation co-sponsors with the United States the Middle East peace process. Russia has attributed the shoot-down of their plane to Israeli jets "hiding" behind the much larger Russian surveillance plane when they came under fire from S-200s.

Russian Federation had originally agreed to send the missiles to Syria in 2013 but rescinded that offer after Israel objected.

In October 2006, the nuclear programme of Israel's arch enemy Iran dominates the first visit to Moscow of Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.

As a former veteran who fought against Israel, he believes "the S-300 will be a game-changer and end Israel's ability to strike with impunity. The Russian Defense Ministry is providing all the necessary support and help to the bereaved families", the Russian Defense Ministry said in the statement. This cooperation had already manifested itself in 2009 in the sale to Russian Federation of Israeli drones.

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Pentagon officials also declined to comment on whether USA forces in Syria have increased defensive measures or shifted their operations, as a result of the influx of new Russian weaponry. In Putin's geopolitical designs, the strategic partnership with Turkey is of greater importance than another "victory" in Syria, which can not generate much domestic enthusiasm (Republic.ru, September 18; see EDM, September 20).

"The actions of the Israeli fighter pilots, which resulted in the loss of life of 15 Russian servicemen, either lacked professionalism or were an act of criminal negligence, to say the least", the Russian ministry said.

Close to three million people live in Idlib, around half of them Syrians displaced by the war from other parts of Syria, and the United Nations has warned that an offensive would cause a humanitarian catastrophe. Syrian air-defense command units will be connected directly to Russian command posts with automated systems that at present are deployed only in Russian units, he said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pointed this out hours after Bolton's remarks, claiming that while Russian Federation and Iran had both contributed to instability in Syria the U.S. military remained exclusively focused on defeating Daesh.

On September 17, a Russian Il-20 plane was hit by a Syrian S-200 air defence missile when it was landing following strikes by Israeli F-16 planes of western Syria.

"To this end, I agreed with President Putin that IDF and Russian military working teams would meet soon". General Amikam Norkin, the commander of the Israeli Air Force, presented in Moscow an extensive report on the incident, which left no doubt about the clean execution of the Israeli airstrike.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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