Israel urges Russia not to deliver S-300 to Syria

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The Trump administration urged Russian Federation to reconsider the move, warning that that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a "major mistake" and "significant escalation".

After Russia said it would sell Syria the advanced S-300 air defense system following the downing of a Russian plane in Syria, the USA put Moscow on notice regarding what it calls a "significant escalation".

But Russian anger over the incident in Syria still remains a major issue for Israel, especially since it could complicate IDF efforts to block Iranian military activities north of Israel's northern border. The incident killed 15 Russians.

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Monday's statement from Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will send the S-300 missile defence systems to Syria within the next two weeks. Russia laid the blame on Israel, saying Israeli fighter jets were hiding behind the Russian plane, an account denied by the Israeli military.

In September 2001, Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and Russian President Vladimir Putin jointly in Moscow condemn "terrorism", of which both countries say they are victims.

The delivery of the missile system had been suspended in 2013 following an Israeli request, according to a statement by the Russian ministry of defence. "Everything had worked correctly until this tragedy". It has long lobbied Moscow not to provide the S-300 system to Syria.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that his nation will "continue to act against the entrenchment of the Iranian military in Syria" despite Russia's decision to supply Syria with the S-300 system.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Russian news agencies that supplying S-300 to Syria is Russia's "own right" and expressed confidence that this would not hurt Russia's ties with Israel. Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and a former colonel in the Russian army, said the S-300 would make Israel "more careful in the vicinity of Russian assets".

Russia's Tass news agency said at the time that the plane "disappeared during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syrian facilities in Latakia province".

The United States, on the other hand, as the world's leading military superpower, can take a far stronger position in support of its Israeli ally, when dealing with Russia's role in the Middle East.

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

Russian Federation tried to sell the S-300 to Syria years ago, but backed down following a fierce outcry from Israel and other Western powers. "This high-precision campaign it has been carrying out will become more hard". "Israel is aware of that", Farhat said. Its strikes in Syria over the past two years-now numbering at about two hundred-are exactly the kind of operation for which the Israelis do not want to have to worry much about costs and complications. Sly reported from Beirut.

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