Russian Federation to Supply Syria with New Air Defense Missile System

Russian Federation to Supply Syria with New Air Defense Missile System

Russian Federation to Supply Syria with New Air Defense Missile System

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 USA and allied cruise missile strikes that easily penetrated Syria's Soviet-era defenses.

A Russian general said the United States only successfully hit targets with 22 of the 105 missiles it fired, and that Syria shot down the rest with old air defenses.

Tensions between Israel and Iran have been on the rise following an alleged Israeli attack on the T-4 air base in Syria earlier in April.

The airbase, which is just one of two operated by Russian Federation in Syria, is located in the coastal city of Jableh.

Shein would not directly comment on whether Russian Federation would act to curtail Israeli operations in Syria, saying only that "it is of course in our interest that these actions not take place, because they worsen the Syria situation".

While Israel has adopted an official policy of non-intervention in Syria's eight year civil war, it repeatedly warned that it will not allow its arch-foe Iran to entrench itself militarily in the region nor will it allow the passage of weapons to Iranian-proxies in Syria.

On Tuesday, Russia's Kommersant newspaper, citing sources, said that S-300s would be given - not sold - to Syria and that issues surrounding the transfer "have practically been resolved". In a statement, Russian Embassy spokesman Mikhail Sobolev said it would bring a group of 15 Syrians who they claim were filmed in "staged videos" of the alleged attack to a meeting at the OPCW on Thursday.

The defense minister noted that Russian Federation already has its own S-300 air defense system in Syria, along with the more advanced S-400 system, and that "hasn't limited our operations".

There are unconfirmed reports that suggest Syrian military forces have discovered two unexploded missiles and handed them over to their Russian peers for further examination.

Russian Federation has arrayed S-300 and S-400 systems around its main bases in Syria near northeastern Latakia and has claimed that the U.S., France and Britain deliberately avoided the area for fear of interceptions during the April 13 missile strikes. This potential was allegedly concentrated in three Syrian facilities, according to the U.S., the United Kingdom and French leadership, Tass reported Wednesday.

However, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that S-300 missile systems had been delivered to Syria last month. "Their analysis found no presence of toxic chemicals and poisonous substances at the destroyed facility what is confirmed by a respective act", chief of the Russian General Staff's main operations directorate, Colonel-General Sergei was quoted as saying by Tass Wednesday.

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