PM Netanyahu warns Putin over transferring arms to ‘irresponsible hands’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed the deployment of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system in Syria.
The Prime Minister expressed his confidence in the credibility of the IDF investigation and its conclusions and reiterated that the Syrian military, which brought down the plane, and Iran, whose aggression is undermining stability, are responsible for the unfortunate incident.
PM Netanyahu said that transferring advanced weapons systems into irresponsible hands will increase the dangers in the region, and added that Israel will continue to defend its security and its interests.
It was agreed to continue the dialogue between the professional teams and the inter-military coordination via the military channels.
Netanyahu again expressed his condolences over the death of Russian soldiers.
Russian officials said Syria’s outdated S-200 systems weren’t sophisticated enough to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one.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.
“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.