Israel threatens to strike Russian air defense systems headed to Syria

Israel threatens to strike Russian air defense systems headed to Syria

"One thing should be clear - if someone fires on our planes, we will destroy them", Lieberman said in an interview with the Israeli website Ynet.

Speaking with the BBC, Lavrov said that a few years ago Moscow promised not to supply S-300 systems to Damascus "at our partners' request", but now Russian Federation was mulling over all options to defend Syria "after this outrageous act of aggression from the United States, France and Great Britain".

Although Russia is a major supplier of arms for the Syrian military, Moscow has stopped short of supplying Damascus with its most advanced weapons, including anti-aircraft arms. "What's important to us is that the weapons defense systems that the Russians transfer to Syria are not used against us". Both Syria Russia have denied the accusation and said rebel forces staged the attacks.

Russian Federation will supply Syria with the sophisticated S-300 air defense system, ignoring Israel's request not to do so. "If they are used against us, we will act against them", Lieberman said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defense ministry to plan for the possible transfer of S-300 anti-air missiles to Syria following the US and allied cruise missile strikes that easily penetrated Syria's Soviet-era defenses.


'Russian experts will continue to train Syrian military servicemen, particularly teaching them to use the new missile defense systems that are planned to be delivered to Syria in the near future, ' TASS news agency quoted him as saying.

In what many saw as a direct reaction to the looming proliferation of the S-300 and other missile defense systems throughout the Middle East - but especially in Iran - Israel has purchased a fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets from the American Lockheed-Martin defense contractor. "At the same time, Russian Federation realizes that its presence in the Syrian arena - is a door to regional and global scenes, and this is an opposition to the US' hegemony in the region", Merhi added.

Explained: Everyone's talking about Russia's S-300. "Let there be no doubt, it doesn't matter what system - S-300, S-700 or something else".

Russian S-400 Triumph/SA-21 Growler medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on May 9, 2015. He also debunked US claims that all its missiles had hit their targets, saying that only 22 out of 105 missiles actually did, and that 46 were taken out by Syrian air defense.

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