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 »
Following Russian confirmation that Hezbollah has already gained possession of Iranian missiles not intended for them, Moscow has accepted diplomatic requests by Israel to freeze controversial sale of heavy anti-air missiles to Iran.
By David Rosenberg
Russian President Vladimir Putin has frozen missiles bound for Iran amid Israeli protest of the sale, the Kuwaiti paper Al-Jarida reports.
Russian S-300 missile systems – Reuters
According to the report, an order of S-300 heavy surface-to-air missiles purchased by Iran has been put on hold by the Russian leader following talks with Israeli officials.
Israel criticized the sale, claiming that at least some of the S-300 missiles would likely fall into the hands of the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon. Continue Reading »
Tass media in Moscow cites Russia’s deputy FM as saying gesture alone of removing weapons sales ban was important but no transfer of advanced weaponry is expected in near future.
MOSCOW – Supplying Iran with Russian S-300 missile defense systems is not a matter of the nearest future, TASS news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying on Thursday.
S-300 mobile missile launching systems – Photo: REUTERS
“It is more important that a political and legal decision, which opens up such a possibility, is taken,” Sergei Ryabkov, a deputy foreign minister, said according to TASS.
On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama warned that the United States could “penetrate” Iran’s S-300 supply if Russia sold the advanced missile defense system to the Islamic Republic. Continue Reading »
Iran’s Defense Minister praises Moscow’s decision to cancel embargo on shipment of the advanced S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to his country.
By Elad Benari
Iran’s Defense Minister, Hossein Dehqan, on Monday welcomed Russia’s decision to lift a ban on the delivery of S-300 anti-missile rocket systems to his country, claiming the decision would help maintain stability in the region.
S-300 missile defense batteries – Reuters
“The expansion of cooperation [with Russia] and improving cooperation with other neighboring countries in various fields can be very effective in establishing sustainable stability and security in the region,” Dehqan said, according to Iran’s PressTV. Continue Reading »
Lebanon lodges formal protest with UN over alleged Israeli attack claiming airstrike on (smuggled Hezbollah advanced) missile system is a serious violation of 2006 ceasefire agreement.
By Roi Kais
Israel is treating Hezbollah’s threat to retaliate to an alleged Israeli airstrike from last Monday seriously.
S-300 anti-air missile system (launcher) mounted on a trailer [Archive] – Photo: Reuters
The Lebanese paper Al Nahar reported that Israel has raised its level of alertness along the border and have sent the Lebanese government a message according to which it views it as responsible for any retaliation launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM warns the Russian President that their weapons to Syria can not, and will not, be allowed to become operational.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hinted in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that if Russia sends S-300 missiles to Syria, Israel will destroy them before they become operational. So reports Maariv based on reports from diplomatic sources who were updated regarding the meeting between the two leaders.
Netanyahu’s language reportedly was echoed by National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror, who told EU diplomats that Israel would prevent Russian S-300s delivered to Syria from becoming operational.
Those present at the meeting were reportedly “shocked” by Netanyahu’s bold language in speaking to the leader of a world power. Continue Reading »
In an interview on Hezbollah-affiliated TV station, embattled regime leader seemed to contradict previous claim that Syria had taken delivery of Russian air defense systems.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a television interview broadcast Thursday that Russia has fulfilled some of its weapons contracts recently, but was vague on whether this included advanced S-300 air defense systems
President Bashar Assad speaking during an interview on Syrian state television. – Photo: AP
Assad’s actual comments differed from excerpts the TV station conducting the interview had sent to reporters in a text message on Thursday morning.
In that message, the Al-Manar station owned by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah quoted Assad as saying Syria had already received a first shipment of such missiles. Continue Reading »
Top Russian official says Russia will commence with sale of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Assad’s army.
Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon says that if advanced weapon systems reach Syria, Israel will respond.
A top Russian diplomat confirmed that Moscow will provide Syria with state-of-the art air defense missiles to prevent foreign intervention in the country
A Russian S-300 in Moscow. – Photo: AP
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov wouldn’t say whether Russia has shipped any of the long-range S-300 air defense missile systems, but added that Moscow isn’t going to abandon the deal despite strong Western and Israeli criticism. Continue Reading »
Maj. Gen Eshel stresses ‘military faces real scenario of confrontation on multiple fronts’, saying Syria’s arming ‘will produce confidence & aggressive behavior’.
Air Force Commander Major General Amir Eshel said Wednesday that S-300 advanced missile defense system will soon land in the hands of the Syrian army.
Amir Eshel – Photo: Ofer Amram
Speaking at a convention in Herzliya, Eshel added “there is a clear understanding that such capabilities will produce confidence and aggressive behavior.”
“Aerial superiority is a condition to win and win quickly, and is of great strategic importance. The other side understands that well, which is why Assad, with his low budget, has invested billions into purchasing antiaircraft missiles.”
“It’s not just our problem. Continue Reading »
Israel’s PM Netanyahu couldn’t convince Putin to reconsider decision regarding sale of S-300 missiles to Syria.
Russian foreign minister reiterates: Russia will make good on commitments.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Thursday that Russia would remain committed to previously signed arms deal “regarding agreements pertaining to aerial defense weapons.”
Putin, Netanyahu meet – Photo: EPA
Despite the fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew for a lightning visit to Russia with the clear intent of preventing the sale of S-300 missiles to Assad’s regime, the Russians reiterated two days later that they refused to budge from their commitments. Continue Reading »