Russian Federation hints at providing advanced air defence systems to Syria

Russian Federation hints at providing advanced air defence systems to Syria

Russian Federation hints at providing advanced air defence systems to Syria

The defense Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman said that the Israeli military will destroy the s-300, which, probably, Russian Federation will supply to Syria, reports Ynetnews.

Already this year, Israel attacked the Islamic Republic's T-4 base near Syria's Homs at multiple times, including once on April 8 when Tel Aviv launched airstrikes against the facility, killing four members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), now fighting for Assad.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was traveling in China, said later that a final decision on the S-300s had yet to be reached, but the intent to shore up Syria's porous air defenses was clear.

The development is part of an ongoing clash of narratives between the West on one side and Syria and Russian Federation on the other concerning the suspected attack. If they shoot at us we will respond.

"We of course understand the reasons for Israel deciding to carry out actions of this kind, and would of course also prefer that these reasons not exist", he said.

Israel has been carrying out occasional airstrikes against Syrian army positions, usually in response to errant fire from the Arab country plagued by a seven-year-long war between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups.

In February, Israel shot down what it said was an armed Iranian drone that penetrated its airspace from Syria.

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Syria has denied carrying out such an attack and its close ally, Russian Federation has insisted that the entire attack was staged and the claims related to it are made up. However, this was only limited to Russian military bases.

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.

If Israel attacks the new air defense systems, then it will suffer "catastrophic consequences", the officials said.

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".

According to him, the S-300 Favorit modified complex can destroy all carriers, including missiles.

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross says the organization has been "flooded" with about 13,000 requests in the last six months from Syrians looking for missing family members.

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