Russia hints at missile supply to Assad

Russia hints at missile supply to Assad

"We took into consideration their argument that this would destabilize the situation, despite the missile systems being a purely defensive system", Lavrov said in an interview to RIA Novosti.

"We heeded their call".

That attack was launched in response to a suspected gas attack mounted on April 7 on Douma, near Damascus, in which more than 40 people were reported killed. Syria has rejected any role in the alleged, which is yet to be investigated. That could put Israel itself in range of the missile defense system.

The Assad regime was set to get the missile defense systems in 2013, but Russian President Vladimir Putin froze the deal after talks with European Union leaders and Israel.

A Russian army commander has also said that Moscow would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following US-led strikes.

His remarks came a day after a former head of Israeli military intelligence said that if Syria obtained the advanced S-300 system, Israeli would probably blow it up.


Elena Suponina, a Middle East expert at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, which advises the Kremlin, told Bloomberg that the delivery of the systems to the Assad regime "would fuel tensions in the region and cause major friction with Israel". "After you remove the threat, which is basically what will be done, we're back to square one".

Israel conducts far more airstrikes in Syria than the U.S., France or the U.K.as part of an effort to deter Iranian influence in the country, Bloomberg noted, adding that the threat of the installation of the Russian missile defense system in Syria and possible Israeli retaliation could serve to upset already-tenuous relations between Jerusalem and Moscow.

"Afterwards there were contacts at the level of military leaderships and generals, between our representatives and the USA coalition command". "And, as a result, these 'red lines" were not crossed", he said.

He added that the United States strikes on Syria did not cross Russia's red lines, and that he is convinced that Putin and Trump will not allow armed confrontation between their countries.

"Speaking about the risk of a military confrontation, I feel absolutely confident to assume that the militaries will not allow this, and of course neither will President Putin or President Trump".

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