Israel Warns Russia Over 'Dangers' Of Supplying Syria With Advanced Air Defenses

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and a former colonel in the Russian army, said the S-300 would make Israel "more careful in the vicinity of Russian assets".

In May 1967, the Soviet Union breaks off relations with Israel during the Arab-Israeli war.

Iran has pledged to wipe Israel off the map, and has for decades tried to achieve that by transferring weapons across the Middle East to Israel's neighbors, like Lebanon where Hezbollah holds power.

The most consequential setback, however, was the failure to put pressure on the United States' rather muddled policy in Syria.

Syrian opposition leader in the Free Syrian Army's National Liberation Front (FNL) said on Sunday that the Guardians of Religion Organization rejecting to collaborate on the Russian-Turkish Idlib agreement would "have no effect".

Sharon, for his part, says the violence of the intifada, or Palestinian uprising, amounts to a terrorist campaign.

The US and Israel are both objecting, as they always do when Russian Federation raises the possibility of delivering S-300s to one of their allies.

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

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. Now, days later, that "tragic chain of events" was determined by Putin's minions to have been caused by Israeli "lack of professionalism or criminal negligence", according to a Russian defense ministry spokesman. This cooperation had already manifested itself in 2009 in the sale to Russian Federation of Israeli drones. The Israel Defense Forces has maintained the plane was shot down due to indiscriminate Syrian fire and vowed to continue targeting Iranian weapons shipments in Syria. Putin's telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meant to limit the damage (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, September 19; Kommersant, September 23). "We will continue to act against Iran's entrenchment in Syria and we will continue to coordinate between the IDF and the Russian military".

The French minister said it "does not bring the war to an end to the war, and nothing assures us that the Syrian government will play along".

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks through the porthole while aboard the presidential plane on December 11, 2017, during the approach to the Russian air base in Hmeimim in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia. One former military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that USA pilots had several incidents over the years where Syrian systems would launch missiles as they were flying overhead, but nothing came close to hitting a US jet.

But now, when Israel knocks down a Syrian air defense site, it runs the risk of killing Russian servicemen.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday told his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad that Russia will provide Syria with S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile system, state news agency SANA reported.

  • Joey Payne