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Russian media: Moscow could deliver S-300 missile systems to Syria

Concern with the possible Israeli response

According to military and diplomatic sources consulted by the Russian newspaper "Kommersant", it is possible that Russia intends to provide Syria with its S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems. Included in a military-technical assistance plan, the defense equipment's delivery to Damascus including cargo and transport machines, launchers and radar stations, could take place in the near future. Everything could be trasported by military aircraft and Russian Navy ships.

In 2010 Rosoboronexport (the Russian state organization for the export of military products, services and technologies) had already signed an agreement with Damascus for the supply of four S-300 divisions. The delivery had been canceled due to Israeli reaction. Israel was worried that Syria could gain control of the territorial airspace thanks to the new missile systems. After the military attack carried out last April 14th by the US, Britain and France (see AVIONEWS article connected) Russia felt free to provide his military support. Maybe Moscow will proceed to delivery soon, joining Syria with Russian military advisors that will train Syrian officers.

As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last week to "BBC": "A few years ago we decided not to supply the S-300 requested by our partners, after this outrageous act of aggression by US, France and Britain we could make sure that the Syrian state is protected".

Concern with the possible Israeli response, which could consist in the destruction of the S-300s before they become operational. Moscow warns: if Israel reacts, there will be "catastrophic consequences" for all the parties involved.

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