Russia gives Syria powerful missile system as warning to Israel

MOSCOW (dpa)- Russia will provide an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to its ally Syria within the next two weeks, Russia's Defence Ministry said Monday, in a warning to Israel.
Moscow's military blamed Israel last week when Syrian state forces shot down a Russian reconnaissance plane amid a bombing raid by Israeli jets.

Russia had for the past five years abided by a request from Israel not to deliver an S-300 system to neighbouring Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
"Today the situation has changed," the statement said. The S-300 is touted as being able to engage airborne targets at a distance of up to 250 kilometres.
Russia's military has said that Israeli jets manoeuvred behind the Russian plane to take cover from a Syrian-operated S-200 system.
Israel has insisted its jets were already in Israeli airspace when the Russian plane was shot down. Fifteen Russian personnel were killed in the crash.

Monday, September 24th 2018

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