Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel vows to continue operations in Syria

Israel vows to continue operations in Syria

Russia laid the blame squarely on Israel, saying Israeli fighter jets had pushed the Russian plane into the line of Syria's fire.

In a statement on September 24, the Kremlin said that Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of the decision during a telephone conversation initiated by Assad. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that the arguments of Russia's partners, who previously demanded that Syria should not get the S-300 missile defense system, are no longer convincing, stressing that any country has the right to provide technical military support to its partners.

The Russians also claimed the IAF warplanes stayed for another fifty minutes in the airspace off-coast in Syria where they were patrolling the skies while one of the F-16's suddenly approached the IL-20, which was preparing to land at Khmeimim, and by doing so ducked an incoming S-200 missile.

In an indirect warning at Israel, President Vladimir Putin's military said it would also start to jam the radar and satellite signals of planes that attack Syrian territory from the Mediterranean.

Moscow said relations with Israel had been "damaged" by the downing of the plane and the deaths of the 15 personnel aboard.

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

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that supplying advanced weapon systems to "irresponsible players" would increase dangers in the region, Netanyahu's office said. Earlier in the war, Russian Federation suspended a supply of S-300s, which Israel feared Syria could use against it.

The Russian air defence system missile system Antey 2500 or S-300 VM
The Russian air defence system missile system Antey 2500 or S-300 VM

On Sunday, Russia reiterated its stance that Israeli jets had used its reconnaissance plane as cover while carrying out strikes in Syria.

"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.

There were rumours in late April, just weeks after the US, Britain, and France launched strikes on Syria from both air and sea, about the possible provision of Russian S-300 anti-missile batteries to the Syrian regime.

"We are convinced the implementation of these measures will cool "hotheads" and deter unreasonable actions that threaten our servicemen". And last week, Russia reached a deal with Turkey that averted a Russian-backed offensive against the northwestern province of Idlib, one of the last areas out of government control.

Channel 2 did not provide details as to Netanyahu's proposed "diplomatic initiative", but said the prime minister hoped to return from NY "with a guarantee that the Israeli Air Force would have the freedom to operate in Syrian airspace".

"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.

Russian Federation in April had hinted that it would supply the S-300 to Assad's government despite Israeli objections.

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