Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Furious with Israel, Russia gives Assad advanced anti-aircraft system

Furious with Israel, Russia gives Assad advanced anti-aircraft system

Russian officials said Syria's outdated S-200 systems weren't sophisticated enough to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one.

The Israeli military has denied responsibility for the downing of the Russian jet, insisting Sunday that Israeli jets did not hide behind other aircraft and that they were in Israeli airspace when the Russian plane was downed. The crash was one of the deadliest incidents for regular Russian service members in the Syrian war.

Shoigu went on television to say that Russian Federation is now going to go ahead with the shipment because "the situation has changed, and it's not our fault".

In the phone call, initiated by Assad, Putin spoke of "additional measures to ensure the safety of Russian troops in Syria and to reinforce the country's air defense system, which includes the delivery of the modern S-300 systems", the Kremlin said in a statement.

According to the statement, Putin reiterated that Russia holds Israel responsible for the downing of the Russian plane.

Samuel Ramani - Specialist on Russia and Middle East Relations, and a contributor at the Russian International Affairs Council think-tank. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said that the Russian deaths were "a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military". "Everything had worked right up until the tragedy that occurred recently".

Russian Federation launched its campaign in Syria to support President Al Assad in 2015, and though the involvement turned the tide of war in favour of Syrian government forces, Moscow has since tried to play a careful balancing act, maintaining good ties both with Iran and Israel.

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Israel's former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, who now heads the influential Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said he assumed the air force would work quickly to destroy the S-300, if it were indeed handed over to Syria.

Last week's downing has put Russia's relationship with Israel to the test.

Nevertheless, the Israeli military said that it would continue to operate against Iran and Hezbollah in Syria and that it hoped its coordination efforts with Russian Federation continued.

Israel says it is determined to stop Iran, a longtime foe that has sent forces to back Assad, from becoming entrenched near Israel's northern border and prevent the transfer of advanced missile systems to Iranian proxies, including Hezbollah.

It will also give the Syrian military the ability to jam onboard communications systems and radar.

Russian Federation sells arms to Iran and supports the nuclear deal with Tehran - which Israel has vociferously lobbied against.

Much of Syria's air-defense network has been provided by Russian Federation but consists of weapons that are older and less effective than the S-300. Moscow has tried to maintain good relations with Iran, which is also allied with the Syrian government, and Israel, which is wary of Iran's growing influence in Syria.

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