Russian Federation to "cool hotheads" by putting S-300s in Syria - English

Geraldine Edwards
September 26, 2018

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.

Before boarding a plane to NY at Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Israel's "great success" over the last three years in the face of Iran's aggression in the region and vowed to continue doing whatever it takes to protect Israel's security.

The Israeli military has denied responsibility for the downing of the Russian jet, insisting Sunday that Israeli jets did not hide behind other aircraft and that they were in Israeli airspace when the Russian plane was downed.

Russian Federation announced new security measures to protect its military in Syria on Monday, including supplying the Syrian army with an S-300 air defense system and jamming radars of nearby warplanes.

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Military deconfliction, given the extent of both Israeli and Russian military operations in Syria, thus has been as useful to Israel as it has been to Russia. "We will continue to take action to prevent the establishment of an Iranian military presence in Syria and we will continue the security coordination between the IDF and the Russian military", the Israeli Prime Minister said.

The incident comes a day after the opposition group announced rejecting to cooperate with the Russian-Turkish agreement.

But he said there had been occasions when things had not gone smoothly, calling Syria's downing of the Russian plane "tragic".

The Russian military aircraft was downed by Syrian government missile defence systems, killing all 15 people on board. Moscow has tried to maintain good relations with Iran, which is also allied with the Syrian government, and Israel, which is wary of Iran's growing influence in Syria. "We will do what is necessary to defend the security of Israel", he said.

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The United States is also urging Russian Federation to reconsider.

Meanwhile, he added, "The Security Cabinet has instructed the IDF to continue to take action against attempts by Iran to establish a military presence in Syria while continuing the security coordination with Russian Federation". In the end, what must have mattered in Russian thinking was the fact that if Israel had not been attacking targets in Syria, the missile never would have been fired. On Monday, Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.

However, Syria's Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said following the announcement that Damascus required the S-300 "in order to defend Syrian land from Israel's aggressive actions".

"The S-300 systems Russian Federation plans to supply to Syria will feature a compromise solution", said Sokov.

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