Russia to supply Syria with S-300 anti-missile system within 2 weeks
Russia’s defense minister says Moscow will send more modern S-300 missile defense systems to Syria following last week’s downing of a Russian plane.
Russian officials said Syria’s outdated S-200 systems weren’t sophisticated enough to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a statement on Monday that Russia will send newer S-300 missile defense systems to Syria within the next two weeks.
Shoigu said the supply of S-300s to Syria will “calm down some hotheads” whose actions “pose a threat to our troops.”
Syrian government missile defense systems last week shot down a Russian military plane, killing all 15 people on board. The Russian Defense Ministry repeatedly accused Israel of using the Russian intelligence plane as a shield against Syrian anti-aircraft missiles because it is broader in size.
The IDF rejected on Saturday the Russian Defense Ministry’s investigation findings on Syria’s downing of Russian plane, which concluded that Israel bears responsibility for the incident that killed 15 people.
“The IAF did not hide behind any aircraft, and the Israeli planes were in Israeli airspace when a Syrian missile struck the Russian plane,” the IDF said in a statement.
“The cooperation between the IDF and the Russian military has proved itself many times in recent years. It is a common interest for this cooperation to continue, especially in light of regional challenges,” the IDF statement went on to say.
“However, as this incident proves, equipping irresponsible bodies with advanced weapons is dangerous to the region and can cause serious damage to those who are operating in the area,” the IDF asserted in a statement.
“The IDF will continue to act in accordance with the political echelon’s instructions, in the face of Iran’s unceasing attempts to establish itself in Syria and to arm Hezbollah with lethal and precise weapons,” the statement concluded.