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Moscow: Israeli Fighter Jets Used Doomed Russian Plane as Cover

Moscow: Israeli Fighter Jets Used Doomed Russian Plane as Cover

Russia announced on Monday it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks against strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.

"We will continue to take action to prevent the establishment of an Iranian military presence in Syria and we will continue the security coordination between the IDF and the Russian military".

Israel's statement came on the same day that USA national security adviser John Bolton warned that Russia's decision to supply Syria with an S-300 surface-to-air missile system was a "major mistake" and a "significant escalation" in Syria's seven-year civil war.

Earlier in the war, Russian Federation suspended a supply of S-300s, which Israel feared Syria could use against it. Mr Shoigu said Russian Federation is now going to go ahead with the shipment because "the situation has changed".

"We are certain that the realisation of these measures will cool the "hot heads" and will keep them from poorly thought-out actions which threaten our servicemen", Shoigu said.

"Since the tragic events in the Syrian skies, I have spoken twice with President Putin, expressing deep sorrow about the loss of lives of the Russian Federation crew on the plane, that was irresponsibly shot down by Syrian fire", Netanyahu said. Shoigu said it was one of the counter-measures to maintain security in Syria's airspace after the loss of the Ilyushin-20 plane.

Last week, Russia's foreign ministry said Israel must provide Moscow with more information about the downing of the military aircraft near the Syrian coast. Russia's objectives are also served to the extent it can nudge Israel to focus on targets that have more to do with Iran and Hezbollah and less to do with the Syrian regime.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the Russian arms deal, saying "transferring advanced weapons to irresponsible hands will increase the dangers in the region".

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Russian Federation has already sold the system to Iran, much to Israel's dismay given the weapon's ability to threaten Israeli air superiority and complicate air strikes in the event of a conflict.

"The S-300 systems Russian Federation plans to supply to Syria will feature a compromise solution", said Sokov.

Uncertainties linger about the details of exactly what happened in the Syrian skies last week, and this uncertainty may account for early inconsistency in Russia's response, which went from hard to soft and back to hard.

He also once again explicitly claimed that Israel was responsible for shooting down the Russian plane, stating, "According to our military experts, the reason for the downing was intentional actions by Israeli pilots".

As a former veteran who fought against Israel, he believes "the S-300 will be a game-changer and end Israel's ability to strike with impunity".

Russian Federation in April had hinted that it would supply the S-300 to Assad's government despite Israeli objections.

"The command posts of Syrian air defense forces and units will be equipped with automated control systems only supplied to the Russian armed forces".


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