Russian Federation supplies Syria with new missile defence after friendly fire

Posted September 26, 2018

Israel's disputes the Russian findings and says its jets were back in Israeli airspace when the plane was downed.

Earlier Tuesday, Israel's security cabinet instructed the IDF to continue to act against Iran's attempts to establish a military foothold in Syria while keeping the security coordination with Russian Federation. In his remarks on Tuesday, Netanyahu said he had agreed with Putin "that the working teams from the IDF and the Russian army will meet soon".

"That doesn't mean there weren't exceptions, but by and large it has been a great success", he said.

Russian officials said Syria's outdated S-200 systems weren't sophisticated enough to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one.

All 15 Russian crew members aboard died.

The Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu-who has traveled to Moscow to confer with Putin three times so far this year-has the narrower perspective of seeking to throw its military weight around outside its borders with impunity.

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Russian Federation has accused one of the Israeli pilots of using the reconnaissance plane as a shield after the attack, hiding behind it to avoid being hit by the Syrian surface-to-air missile.

Russian Federation launched its campaign in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in 2015 and though the involvement turned the tide of war in favour of Syrian government forces, Moscow has since played a careful balancing act, maintaining good ties both with Iran and Israel.

Netanyahu said Tuesday that the IDF and Russian military would work to resolve the issue.

Russian Federation bolstering the Syrian army's bases is not merely limited to air defense systems, with early signs indicating toward a broader security apparatus including radio jamming capabilities to block or interfere with radio communications over said bases according to military experts.

On Monday, both Jerusalem and Washington warned Russian Federation against providing the Syrian military with the advanced surface-to-air missiles within two weeks, saying the move would further destabilize the region and increase already-high tensions.

A joint Russian-Turkish plan to set up a demilitarized zone as a buffer between the Syrian regime forces and Syrian rebels was signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, at a bilateral summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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"This has pushed us to adopt adequate response measures directed at boosting the security of Russian troops" in Syria, Shoigu said in a televised statement.

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.

Frequently, Syria responds to these strikes with air defense fire against Israeli fighter jets.

"We think introducing the S-300s to the Syrian government would be a significant escalation by the Russians and something that we hope, if these press reports are accurate, they would reconsider", Bolton said.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks at a Federalist Society luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Washington. But the Russian military came out on Sunday, renewing the accusations against Israel.

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