Russia May Close Syria’s Airspace to Israel

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

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

Moscow will bolster Syria's air defence with a S-300 system and jam radars of military planes striking from off the coast of the Mediterranean following the downing of a Russian plane, its military chief said.

Deploring the Israeli officials' insistence on continuation of aerial attacks on Syria, Klintsevich said it would only complicate the situation and not benefit Tel Aviv at all.

Last week, using older S-200 surface-to-air missile defences, Syrian air defence forces accidentally shot down a Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane during an Israeli missile attack.

The Russian Il-20 military reconnaissance aircraft was downed by Syrian air defenses that mistook it for an Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people on board. Now, days later, that "tragic chain of events" was determined by Putin's minions to have been caused by Israeli "lack of professionalism or criminal negligence", according to a Russian defense ministry spokesman.

Netanyahu's office said Monday night that, in the call, he had "expressed his confidence in the credibility of the IDF probe and its conclusions, and stressed once again that responsibility for the unfortunate incident lay with the Syrian army that brought down the plane, and with Iran, whose aggression destabilizes [the region]". Moscow, however, has insisted on Israel carrying out a more detailed probe.

Israel has rejected this analysis, saying its jets had already returned to Israeli airspace before the missile was sacked.

Russian Federation blamed Israel for carrying out a military operation in the conflict zone without prior notice.

Israel said its warplanes were targeting a Syrian facility involved in arms shipments to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.

The retired general explained, "In 1973, Russian high and medium-altitude missile systems that were the father of today's S-300 forced Israelis to fly low into anti-aircraft fire where they are vulnerable".

Netanyahu says he is confident of the Israeli account and warns Putin against "transferring advanced weapons systems" to Syria. His policies toward both Syria and Israel are part of a strategy of making Russian Federation an important player throughout the Middle East. "The party responsible for the attacks in Syria and Lebanon and really the party responsible for the shooting down of the Russian plane is Iran", he said.

Russian Federation and Israel have been getting along surprisingly well considering that they are on opposite sides of the Syrian civil war.

However, what is less encouraging is the fact that the S-300 system in Syrian hands can be used as an offensive weapon to threaten Israel's civilian air traffic.

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. "Dealing with that reality would mean we get the locals stood up and we make certain they can actually hold on to that security".

The United States is also urging Russian Federation to reconsider.

Netanyahu has also scheduled high-level meetings there with U.S. President Donald Trump and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, among numerous others.

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