[Editor’s note: This is the reaction to the news that Putin will arm Syria with the S-300 air defense system:
Predictably, the criminal regimes of Washington and Tel-Aviv are pretty pissed off about it. Good, their annoyance shows that the S-300 will be a major obstacle in the way of the nefarious US-Israeli-NATO plans for the Middle East and Russia, which is a good thing. Ian]
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday the deployment of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system in Syria.
The Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu told the Russian president that putting advanced weapons systems in irresponsible hands would increase dangers in the region. Netanyahu added that Israel will continue to protect its interests.
President #Putin talked w/ Prime Minister #Netanyahu.Putin emphasized that #Russia decisions to strengthen capabilities of #Syria Air Defense is in compliant with current situation and aimed at eliminating any potential threat to life of Russian servicemen https://t.co/6aHPQQPL5i pic.twitter.com/xDWeUVpolf
— Russia🇷🇺 in Israel (@israel_mid_ru) September 24, 2018
He also reiterated Israel’s position that Syria was responsible for the downing of a Russian military plane last week, while Iran also bore responsibility as it was destabilizing the area.
The Russian Embassy in Israel wrote in a tweet that Putin had emphasized to Netnayahu that Russia’s decision to strengthen Syria’s air defenses was in compliance with the “current situation” and was “aimed at eliminating any potential threat ot life of Russian servicemen.”
Putin told Netanyahu that Russia’s actions were aimed at protecting its military, according to the Kremlin statement. Also Monday, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said that Russian plans to supply Syria with the missile system would be a “significant escalation” by Moscow and hopes it will reconsider.
Russia announced on Monday it will supply the surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks against strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.
Russian newspaper Kommersant quoted a senior official in the Russian defense ministry, who posited that the deployment of S-300 in Syria would severely hamstring the Israel Air Force.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s decision to supply Syria with the S-300 system is aimed at increasing safety of Russian military. When asked about relations with Israel, Peskov said the decision was not directed at any third country.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Sunday that Russia is now going to go ahead with the shipment because “the situation has changed, and it’s not our fault.” He also said that Russia would start to electronically jam aircraft flying in to attack targets in Syria. “We are convinced that these measures will calm down some hotheads and keep them from careless actions which pose a threat to our troops,” Shoigu said.