Russian Federation to provide Syria with new missile system, over Israeli opposition

A Sukhoi Su-22 Syrian army plane releases bombs over southern Damascus in the area of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp

'(Russia will) transfer the modern S-300 air defence system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks'. The Russian military's reconnaissance Ilyushin Il-20 was shot down by Syrian missile defense systems responding to an Israeli airstrike.

US national security adviser John Bolton meanwhile said Monday that delivery of the Russian S-300 would be a "significant escalation" in already high tensions in the region, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would raise the matter this week with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at the U.N. General Assembly.

"We have American forces in the area we're concerned about", Bolton said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov Sept. 24 said the incident was caused by "premeditated" actions by Israeli pilots, warning that this will harm relations between the two countries.

"According to information of our military experts, the reason [behind the downing] were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots which certainly can not but harm our relations", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. "Russia needs to increase safety of its military and it should be clear for everyone", he said.

It will also give the Syrian military the ability to jam onboard communications systems and radar.

Israel has fiercely lobbied against Russian Federation providing Syria with S-300 air defense systems. However, the Syrian military has already received training to use the system.

"Russia in this case is acting in its interests only, these actions are not directed against third countries, but towards defending our own military", he said.

"Israel will have to put up with Russia's decision to provide the S-300 systems to Syria", the expert suggested.

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"The command posts of Syrian air defense forces and units will be equipped with automated control systems only supplied to the Russian armed forces".

Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed the additional measures and delivery of the S-300 system on the phone on Monday, the Kremlin said. Russia blamed Israel for the incident, which led to the deaths of more than a dozen Russian airmen. Russian officials say Syria's outdated S-200 systems aren't sophisticated enough to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one.

Much of Syria's air-defense network has been provided by Russian Federation but consists of weapons that are older and less effective than the S-300.

Earlier in the war, Russian Federation suspended a supply of S-300s, which Israel feared Syria could use against it.

Bolton said a political process was needed but said Russia's plans on the missile system made that hard.

The Russian IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria. "It doesn't matter if it's an S-300 or an S-700", he said.

Israel regularly carries out strikes in Syria against Assad's government, its Lebanese ally Hezbollah and Iranian targets.

Moscow first announced that it was considering reversing its longtime policy against supplying the S-300 system to the regime following a series of airstrikes against Syrian targets by the United States, United Kingdom and France in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by Assad. But the Russian military came out on Sunday, renewing the accusations against Israel.

But last week's crash, which killed 15 Russian service members, had forced Moscow to take "adequate retaliatory measures" to keep its troops safe.

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