Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

White House & Pentagon Warn Russia, Iran on Syria

White House & Pentagon Warn Russia, Iran on Syria

The S-300 is capable of intercepting air attacks more than 150 miles away and can hit multiple targets simultaneously.

The Russian Defence Ministry initially blamed the plane's loss on Israel, saying its fighter jets pushed the plane into the line of fire.

Russian Federation had originally agreed to send the missiles to Syria in 2013 but rescinded that offer after Israel objected.

Moscow has been a key ally of Mr. Assad in Syria's brutal civil war and is positioned to have a major say in the country's future as the government appears to be near victory over the leading rebel groups.

How Trump will respond is anyone's guess, but US National Security Adviser John Bolton has already called Russia's promise to give Syria the S-300 a "major mistake".

Monday's statement from Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will send the S-300 missile defence systems to Syria within the next two weeks.

The Russian reconnaissance plane was accidentally shot down by Syria's missiles aimed at Israeli planes over the Mediterranean Sea off Syria, killing 15 service members.

Last week's incident, however, had more to do with Israel's propensity for seeking absolute security for itself even at the expense of absolute insecurity for others.

Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton also warned Russian Federation that supplying the weapons would be a "major mistake", denouncing the sale as a "significant escalation" on Monday.

Speaking with reporters at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in NY on Monday, National Security Advisor John Bolton warned that "introducing the S-300s to the Syrian government would be a significant escalation by the Russians".

Erdogan said both Turkey and Russian Federation would carry out coordinated military patrols on the borders of the buffer zone in a bid to detect and prevent "provocation by third parties and violations of the agreement".

Russian Federation launched its campaign in Syria to support President Bashar Assad in 2015, and though the involvement turned the tide of war in favour of Syrian government forces, Moscow has since tried to play a careful balancing act, maintaining good ties both with Iran and Israel. Al-Assad's persistence in blaming Israel for the downing of the Il-20M betrays his irritation with Putin's decision to cancel the Idlib offensive without any consultation with him (Russiancouncil.ru, September 21).

Still, Israel worries that the advanced missile system could make it more hard for them to target Iranian positions inside Syria.

In a TRT World exclusive, a retired Syrian general, now part of the opposition, tells us about the Syrian army's "humiliating" defeat at the hands of the Israeli Air Force and how the S-300 might ensure that never happens again.

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It seems clear however, that for Russian Federation, the transfer of the S-300 at this stage of the Syrian conflict is to save face.

Bolton noted in his remarks that the US plans to continue its military presence in Syria as long as Iranian advisors are there. On top of that, the Russian military will start using electronic countermeasures to jam any aircraft that would try to launch attacks off Syria's coast.

"Right now our troops inside Syria are there for one goal, and that's under the United Nations authorization about defeating ISIS", Mattis said, using another acronym for Daesh.

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