Russia to provide Syria with new S-300 air defense missiles

Moscow says Israeli F-16 planes which struck Latakia in western Syria last Monday later used the landing Russian Il-20 surveillance plane as "cover", which resulted in the larger Il-20 being hit by a Syrian missile.

Mattis declined to provide any timetable for how long US troops might remain in Syria, but there was a noticeable show of force recently when Marines conducted a training exercise near the USA outpost neat At Tanf, in which they trained with local Syrian forces.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian government forces, adding that Israel appeared "ungrateful" for Moscow's efforts to rein in Iran-backed fighters in Syria.

Also, he said that Russia would equip Syrian air defense command posts with automated control systems, previously supplied only to the Russian armed forces.

The Russian plane was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles trying to repel an Israeli strike in Latakia.

Mr Netanyahu also expressed his confidence in the credibility of the Israeli military's account of the circumstances surrounding the downing of the Russian reconnaissance plane.

Some analysts doubted Russian Federation will actually transfer the S-300 to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, who has presided over more than seven-year-old civil war.

The Kremlin said on Monday that the Israeli explanation "differs from the conclusions of Russian Ministry of Defense" and that the actions of Israel's pilots were the "root cause for the tragedy".

In short, Israeli strikes that require air defense suppression (such as blowing up Russian-made air defenses in Syria) will not stop any time soon, judging by Israel and Iran's ongoing positions.

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The Trump administration is warning Russian Federation that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a "major mistake" and should be reconsidered.

Despite differing views of what happened, Netanyahu's office said the Russian and Israeli leaders "agreed to continue dialogue between professional teams and intermilitary coordination via military channels".

On Tuesday, a cartoon in Israel's leading newspaper Yediot Acharonot showed Syria's President Bashar al-Assad standing next to a Russian officer as Russia's President Vladimir Putin drives a giant truck with the S-300 anti-aircraft missile shield towards the ruthless Syrian dictator.

He said the warning time before the strike was "much longer than one minute".

The Russian expert believes that Israel may tolerate losses during sorties in Syria up to a point, possibly even ramping up attacks by way of retaliation, as was the case with the loss of a fighter jet in February.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that he disagreed with the Israeli version of events concerning the downing of a Russian plane over Syria last week, the Kremlin said.

Bolton added that at least some of the 2,000 US troops in Syria will remain until Iran leaves, expanding the rationale for the American deployment which has the blessing of the U.N.as a means of defeating ISIS.

Netanyahu said that the meeting was requested by the Russian president "in a conversation a few days ago". Without this secret sign from the flying Il-20, Syria mistook it for an enemy, and shot it down.

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