Since Moscow is still angry over losing a plane during IAF attack in Syria this past September, a Russian newspaper reported that the Kremlin made a deal with Iran that allows Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian Shiite groups operating in Syria full protection by operating under its flag to evade an Israeli response.
By Alex Fishman
Moscow is allowing fighters from Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian Shiite groups operating in Syria to carry Russian flags in order to protect them from Israeli airstrikes, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
The report follows a Russian snub earlier this week to Israeli military officials, as Moscow appears reluctant to ease its anger over the loss of one of its planes during an IAF bombing raid in Syria in September. Continue Reading »
Moscow’s decision to send the S-300 missile defense system came after a Russian plane was mistakenly downed by Syrian air defense, killing 15 Russian serviceman on board, during an Israeli air strike in Latakia.
Russia has delivered its S-300 missile defense system to Syria as promised, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
“We have completed the delivery of the S-300 system,” Shoigu said according to Russia Today (RT) adding that the system consisted of 49 pieces of military equipment, such as radars, control vehicles and four launchers.
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Israel’s Defense Minister Liberman meets with Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, to discuss planned S-300 missiles shipments to Syria.
With the return of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force to the frontier between Syria and Israel, Russia announces its military police will assist them until all UN patrols along the border are fully restored.
The Associated Press
The Russian military said Tuesday that its forces in Syria will help UN peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the volatile frontier between Syria and the Israeli Golan Heights.
The Russian deployment in the area has highlighted Moscow’s growing clout in the region, marking a successful attempt to balance the sharply conflicting interests of Israel and Iran.
Syrian army soldier stands guard as Russian military police vehicle passes by near the town of Alhureyeh – Photo: AP
“The Russian flag is the guarantor of peace and security on that land,” said Lt. Continue Reading »
Israel outlines its ‘red line’ to Moscow in what Jerusalem sees as regional game-changer, vis-a-vis missile defense system allowed to be sent to Assad regime.
By Nitzan Keidar
Israel has sent a clear message to Russia in the past 24 hours that the sale of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Syrian regime will cross a red line.
A political source who revealed the message in a conversation with Arutz Sheva stated that the message was conveyed following a Russian Defense Ministry announcement that Moscow was reconsidering the sale of arms to the Syrians following the joint attack on Syria by the US, Britain, and France Friday night. Continue Reading »
Lebanon’s Al-Nashra news website reports a “senior” Russian military official delivered a letter to Hezbollah’s chief on behalf of Russian leadership detailing ceasefire conditions, that Iran and the Lebanese militia were obligated to comply with even though they were not involved in the agreement.
A senior Russian military official met with the chief of the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Beirut and expressed, on behalf of the Russian leadership, that the Lebanon-based group would take on a role in the next phase of the Syrian war, Lebanon’s Al-Nashra news website reported Monday.
The report did not indicate when the meeting took place. Continue Reading »
Israel TV2 reports local satellite intel apparently proved what western intelligence agencies have long suspected: Syria is in possession of a wide array of Russia’s most advanced missiles.
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An Israeli spy satellite has discovered a number of Russian mobile short-range ballistic missiles stockpiled in Syria, Channel 2 reported Friday.
9T250-1 Transport Loader for Iskander-M system, view from above – Photo: Wikimedia Commons
In high definition photos taken by the Israeli “Eros B” satellite, the weapons, dubbed “Iskander” missiles, are clearly seen on trucks inside an army base in Latakia, located in western Syria.
The pictures seemingly prove what western intelligence agencies have long suspected: Russia has provided Syria with a wide array of the most advanced missiles in its possession. Continue Reading »
Saudi source reports Russian forces did not receive the ground support they expected from Hezbollah, and the leadership had substantial strategic differences with the Iranians on their view of the conflict.
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
Russia decided to partially withdrawal its troop from Syria due to Moscow’s disappointment over failures by pro-regime Iranian and Hezbollah forces to achieve victories against opposition forces fighting to topple the Assad government, the Saudi news-site Elaph reported Monday night.
MiG-29 jet fighters of the Russian aerobatic team Strizhi outside Moscow, Russia, August 30, 2015. – Photo: REUTERS
According to the report, Russia had been concerned about air support and bombed regions where Iranian and Hezbollah troops were located to face off Syrian opposition elements and Islamic State militants. Continue Reading »
New York Times reports the UN investigation indicated Assad’s elite forces were behind the sarin attack that left more than 1,400 people dead.
A senior Russian official Wednesday said that Syria had handed over new evidence showing that rebels had used chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.
Members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria. – Photo: AP
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said details provided by the Syrian government would bolster claims supported by Moscow that President Bashar Assad was not responsible for the August 21 attack, which the United States says killed more than 1,400 people. Continue Reading »
US & Mideast officials fear Iran may be trying take possession of uranium stockpile left over from Syria’s nuclear program.
Nuclear experts in the US and Middle East have raised concerns about the security of up to 50 metric tons of unenriched uranium in Syria, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.
Such a stockpile could be a vital resource to building a nuclear bomb and could have disastrous implications if seized by Iran.
Syria’s Assad with Iran’s Ahmadinejad. – Photo: Reuters
Not much is known about the Syrian nuclear program, and the country denied ever having had one. Continue Reading »