Russian Federation agrees to supply Syria with missile defense system

Hugh Fox
September 28, 2018

From the moment the other side wants a crisis, there's no way of preventing one.

It becomes one of the first countries to recognise the State of Israel after its creation in May 1948.

The broadcaster went on to report that Israel's Security Cabinet had convened on Tuesday - with Netanyahu in attendance - to discuss the row with Moscow.

Israel has admitted to more than 200 air strikes within Syria in the last two years.

In October 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev reestablishes diplomatic relations, two months before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Growing Iranian influence in neighboring Syria is worrisome for Israel and it's why the Israelis embarked on a diplomatic wooing of Moscow, hoping to use their longstanding relationship as leverage.

Both Israel and the United States have warned Russian Federation it would be "a major mistake" to supply Syria with S-300 batteries, one of the world's most advanced air defense systems.

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But he believes that Russian Federation will try to use the September 17 incident as a "bargaining chip in the larger game that they are playing with the United States and the global community".

"The Russians are careful guys and have their arrangement with the Israelis", he said.

Sharon, for his part, says the violence of the intifada, or Palestinian uprising, amounts to a terrorist campaign. Furthermore the loss of its aircraft has compelled Moscow to act.

"We will do anything to stop the consolidation of Iran's presence in Syria and the transferring of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah", he said.

In June 2008, Russian giant Gazprom says it is examining possible deliveries of gas to Israel. But it exposed a glaring flaw in Syrian and Russian military cooperation, which Moscow is due to close with the S-300. This cooperation had already manifested itself in 2009 in the sale to Russian Federation of Israeli drones.

Russian Federation wants to establish a stronger relationship with Israel, but Trump's presidency has made that less likely.

But Jay, the Lebanon-based journalist, pointed out that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be limited by pressure at home in how he can deal with the situation.

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In September 2015 Netanyahu meets Putin in Moscow.

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". Israel said its aircraft were not responsible for the strike, which it said was conducted by Syrian forces, using Russian-made weapons.

"We will not abandon our weapons, our land or our revolution" against Syrian government forces, said the so-called National Liberation Front (NLF).

Shortly before the downing, Israeli strikes had hit targets inside Syria, reportedly preventing an arms shipment going to Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.

A day later during a telephone call, Netanyahu expresses to Putin his "sorrow" at the downing.

"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.

For the past several years, Israel and Russian Federation have maintained their "deconfliction line" as Russian Federation has provided key air support to President Bashar Assad's forces since 2015, while Israel has carried out dozens of strikes against Iran-linked forces.

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