Russia said on Monday it would supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria.
Russian Federation has held out the possibility of sending S-300s to Syria for years as a way to limit foreign airstrikes on Syrian military targets.
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That's clearly the point. Should Israel take risks or use more costly weapon systems, it may be able to conduct air strikes in Syria even after the planned upgrade, he said. 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. Israel is now concerned Russian Federation will seek to limit its actions there.
President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone on Monday that the decision to strengthen Syria's air defences was "primarily meant to thwart any potential threat to the lives of the Russian military service members", the Kremlin said.
When Syria's Russian-built S-200 air-defense system responded to the attack, a Russian Il-20 military plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire, killing all 15 servicemen on board.
Bolton said the United States was doing everything it could to ensure Syria did not use chemical weapons and had pressed Russian Federation about the issue as well.
He said: "Please note that we suspended the delivery of the S-300 system to Syria in 2013 at the request of Israel".
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Russia's defense ministry says it has evidence that the IDF report on the fatal Russian plane crash "distorts" the facts surrounding the incident and that Israel is to blame.
'According to information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots which certainly can not but harm our relations, ' Peskov told journalists.
Mattis declined to provide any timetable for how long USA troops might remain in Syria, but there was a noticeable show of force recently when Marines conducted a training exercise near the US outpost neat At Tanf, in which they trained with local Syrian forces. The Kremlin stressed that the measures taken by the military are not aimed at any third parties while the Foreign Ministry said Russia's relations with Israel are too "massive and comprehensive" to be significantly hurt by the fallout from the Il-20 incident.
The ministry stressed that the supply the S-300 missile defense system to Syria will not lead to escalation in Syria, but to stability, noting that this system is defensive, and the United States is being "malicious" when it says that Russia's export of the missiles threaten the U.S. security. The Russian president also informed Assad of the S-300 delivery, it said.
Shoigu said S-300 missiles will strongly strengthen combat capabilities of the Syrian air defense due to their jamming invulnerability and firing speed.
Its pilots have already been trained to deal with the threat of the S-300, they say.
In addition to the provision of S-300s, the Russian defence ministry warned that its forces will target the electronic systems of any military aircraft that launches strikes on Syrian targets, a risky move likely to escalate regional tensions.
Bolton gave several headline-worthy quotes, sounding the alarm about Iranian military involvement in Syria.