Syria to get S-300 anti-air missiles from Russia: minister

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The Israeli military, however, said that Syria's indiscriminate air defence fire was the cause of the plane crash.

Russian Federation will deliver the advanced S-300 air defense systems to Syria within two weeks, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Monday. Earlier in the war, Russian Federation suspended a supply of S-300s, which Israel feared Syria could use against it.

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".

"Prime Minister 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", Netanyahu's office said in a statement after a call between the leaders. Russian forces backing the Assad regime and members of the US coalition battling the Islamic State in Syria have maintained an uneasy detente since the beginning of coalition operations in the country four years ago.

A Russian army Tyulpan self-propelled mortar, left, and an S-300 long range surface-to-air missile system take part in a live demonstration at the International Military-Technical Forum "ARMY 2018" expo at Kubinka airfield in Kubinka, Russia, on Aug 21, 2018.

In addition to the provision of S-300s, the Russian defence ministry warned that its forces will target the electronic systems of any military aircraft that launches strikes on Syrian targets, a risky move likely to escalate regional tensions.

The incident comes a day after the opposition group announced rejecting to cooperate with the Russian-Turkish agreement. On Monday, Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.

Israel's disputes the Russian findings and says its jets were back in Israeli airspace when the plane was downed.

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Russia's Deputy Foreign Ministry Sergei Ryabkov fired back, warning the US against taking "a mentor's tone".

The first is that the IAF's job in Syria-to prevent Iran from flooding the region with weapons and military units-is about to get even more complicated. "Most importantly, we will guarantee the identification of all Russian aircraft by the Syrian air defense systems", Shoigu said.

"Israel has been very successful in the last three years in preventing Iran's military buildup in Syria as well as its attempts to deliver lethal weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon", Netanyahu said.

In its effort to defend the Assad regime, Russian Federation is trying to deter Israel and get Jerusalem to scale back its military campaign against Iran's activities in Syria. The US threat of new missile strikes in response to al-Assad attacking Idlib was, quite possibly, a major consideration in Putin's decision to cancel the operation (Rosbalt, September 18).

This Russia's position is supported by objective data of the radars of the S-400 complex and the footage of negotiations with the Israeli side. This is the formula that a regional power like Israel must use when dealing with a global military power like Russian Federation.

Reports on Syrian state media spoke of an attack in the area shortly before the plane disappeared.

Under the deal, a demilitarized zone of 15-20 kilometers will have to be created in Idlib along the contact line between the militants and Syrian government troops by October 15.

The war has reportedly claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced almost half of the country's pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

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