US Concerned About Suspected Iranian Arms Shipment to Syria
US Concerned About Suspected Iranian Arms Shipment to Syria
A map showing the military control over Damascus – April 21. 2018
26 April, 2018, 12:49
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises after Syrian governmentairstrikes and shelling hit in Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood held by Islamic State militants, southern Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 22, 2018.
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. The three governments launched airstrikes into Syria, hitting alleged chemical weapons facilities.
Russian Federation will supply Syria with new air defense systems, the RIA Novosti news agency said Wednesday, quoting General Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff.
Russian General Staff Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi said on April 25 that Moscow will supply Syria with "new missile defense systems soon", though he did not specify the type of weapons. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said the military will destroy the S-300 outright if Syria dares to fire on any of their warplanes.
"What's important to us is that the weapons defense systems that the Russians transfer to Syria are not used against us".
The Syrian air defense was able to successfully shot down 46 cruise missiles that the US, France and the United Kingdom fired at it on April 14, a senior Russian military commander says, rejecting American claims that all of the missiles hit their targets. They repeatedly blamed the rebels and opposition activists for possessing and deploying chemical weapons.
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Israel has not taken sides in the Syrian civil war, but its air force has carried out dozens of air strikes during the fighting, a lot of them believed to have been aimed at suspected arms shipments to Hizballah militias allied with Iran.
There is no shortage of reasons to be concerned about the entangled drama unfolding in Syria, as Russian Federation maneuvers on a shifting landscape that could see Israel and Iran collide in a direct confrontation. Israel responded by carrying out air strikes in Syria. According to the expert, the statement from Russia's Defence Ministry about the supplies of S-300 systems to Syria forces aggressive states, like Israel, to bethink themselves and negotiate. He said Israel is concerned about moves by Iran and Syria, not Russian Federation.
Russian Federation has also stuck to its claim that Syria's aging air defenses took down 71 of the 105 cruise missiles fired by the USA and its allies.
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