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« on: September 26, 2018, 12:52:20 am »


from The Washington Post…

In a blow to Israel, Russia says it will send Syria
powerful anti-aircraft missiles


The S-300 systems could make it harder for Israel to strike Iranian targets in Syria.

By ANTON TROIANOVSKI, LOVEDAY MORRIS and LIZ SLY | 12:52PM EDT — Monday, September 24, 2018

Russian S-300 ground-to-air anti-aircraft missile systems on display at a 2014 exhibition in Zhukovsky, near Moscow. — Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.
Russian S-300 groud-to-air anti-aircraft missile systems on display at a 2014 exhibition in Zhukovsky, near Moscow.
 — Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.


MOSCOW — Russia said on Monday it would equip Syria with sophisticated air defense systems, a move that could worsen a rift with Israel by limiting its ability to bomb across its northern border.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow would send Russia's powerful S-300 ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, a long-time ally, in the next two weeks. Israel, which has repeatedly bombed Iranian targets in Syria, has long opposed such deliveries, and Russia up to now has refrained from supplying the weapons.

But the downing last week of a Russian reconnaissance plane with 15 service members aboard changed the dynamic. The plane was shot down by a Syrian missile, but Russia faulted Israel for the crash because an Israeli fighter jet allegedly had used the Russian plane as a screen against Syria's air defenses.

Israel, by contrast, said that its air force had not violated any agreements with Russia and that Israeli jets had already returned to Israeli airspace when the missiles were launched. The crash was one of the deadliest incidents for regular Russian service members in the Syrian war.

“Today, the situation has changed, for no fault of ours,” Shoigu said in a televised statement on Monday announcing the S-300 deliveries.

Shoigu said Russia also will jam military aircraft communications in the airspace next to Syria over the Mediterranean Sea while upgrading Syria's air defense command systems.

Russian officials did not, however, signal a desire to fundamentally alter the relationship with Israel — a key element of the Kremlin's push to build its influence in the Middle East. Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Monday that the missile delivery was meant primarily to “counter any potential threat to the lives of Russian service members,” the Kremlin said.

Netanyahu told Putin that the transfer of advanced military systems to “irresponsible hands” would increase the dangers in the region and that Israel would continue to defend its security and interests, according to a statement from his office. The leaders agreed to continue dialogue, and Netanyahu reiterated his condolences over the deaths of the Russian soldiers, it said.

The flare-up in tensions between Russia and Israel marks a turnabout after months of personal diplomacy between Putin and Netanyahu, in which the two leaders forged a close relationship. A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman described Israel's actions leading to the shoot-down last week as “ungrateful,” given what he said were Russian accommodations of Israeli requests, including relocating Iranian troops from the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and providing Russian patrols in the area.

“You know that Israel and the Russian Federation have quite advanced relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. “Everything had worked right up until the tragedy that occurred recently.”


This Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane, seen in 2017, was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike last week. — Photograph: Marina Lystseva/Associated Press.
This Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane, seen in 2017, was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to
an Israeli airstrike last week. — Photograph: Marina Lystseva/Associated Press.


Putin informed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about the missile delivery in a phone call on Monday, according to a statement issued by Syria's presidency. Although Putin had sought last week to tamp down tensions over the downing of the plane, calling the incident an “accident,” he told Assad he “held Israel responsible” for the deaths of the 15 Russian service members, the statement said.

If delivered, the S-300s would further shift the military balance in Syria in favor of Assad and of Iran and its allied militia, Hezbollah. Iran and Hezbollah have vowed to maintain a presence in Syria, over Israel's objections, even though the war is winding down.

Although Russia suggested its immediate goal in supplying the missiles would be to protect Russian aircraft from accidental shoot-downs, the S-300s would also give Syria enhanced capacity to take on any of the other countries flying sorties in its crowded skies, including the United States and its allies in a coalition against the Islamic State.

Israel has fiercely lobbied Russia against providing Syria with the S-300 systems. Israel flies missions with relative ease over Syria, given the latter's largely antiquated air defenses, and Israeli officials recently admitted that more than 200 bombing raids have been carried out by Israeli warplanes inside Syria over the past two years.

Israel says it is determined to stop Iran, a long-time foe that has sent forces to back Assad, from becoming entrenched near Israel's northern border. Israel also wants to prevent the transfer of advanced missile systems to Iranian proxies, including Hezbollah, a militant Shiite group based in neighboring Lebanon.

A flurry of shuttle diplomacy by Israeli officials to Russia appeared to be paying off in May, when Russian officials said just days after a visit by Netanyahu that they did not plan to sell the S-300 system to Syria. More broadly, Israel also sees Russia as key to protecting its interests in Syria by preventing a buildup of Iranian-linked bases and infrastructure.

The deterioration in relations between Russia and Israel, along with the promised transfer of the S-300 system, complicates Israel's efforts to contain Iranian influence.

“For Israel, it may have to balance more carefully the desire to limit the production of advanced missiles and prevent their transfer, with essentially direct confrontation with Syria,” said Ofer Zalzberg, a Jerusalem-based analyst with the International Crisis Group. “This high-precision campaign it has been carrying out will become more difficult.”

The transfer may make Israel more cautious in the short term, Zalzberg said. “I think they will become more risk-averse, though at the same time try and signal the opposite,” he said. “Israel will try and preserve its ability to act in Syria, which means maintaining relations with Moscow.”


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Loveday Morris reported from Jerusalem. Liz Sly reported from Beirut.

Anton Troianovski is the Moscow bureau chief of The Washington Post. He previously spent nine years at The Wall Street Journal, starting with beats covering commercial real estate and telecommunications in New York. He was based in Berlin from 2013 to 2017 and covered two German elections, two Olympic Games, the Ukraine crisis, migration and populist politics in Europe. Troianovski began his career as a stringer for the Webster-Kirkwood Times in Missouri and the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He was born in Moscow and grew up in Heidelberg, Germany, and in St. Louis. He holds a degree in social studies from Harvard University, where he wrote a senior thesis on the Kremlin's push for influence in cyberspace.

Loveday Morris is The Washington Post's Jerusalem bureau chief Before moving to Jerusalem in 2017, Loveday spent three years in Iraq as Baghdad bureau chief covering the country's battles against ISIS, from Fallujah to Ramadi and Mosul. She started with The Post as Beirut correspondent in 2013, largely covering Syria's civil war. Prior to that she freelanced from the region for publications including the UK's Independent newspaper. She began her career at Bloomberg News, covering financial news in London, before moving to the Middle East for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi.

Liz Sly is The Washington Post's Beirut bureau chief, responsible for coverage of Syria, Lebanon and the wider Middle East. She joined The Post in 2010 as Baghdad bureau chief, then in 2011 moved to Beirut to focus on Syria and the region. Before that, she covered Iraq for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has spent nearly three decades as a foreign correspondent, based in the Middle East, Africa, China, South Asia and Europe. She began her career with Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper in Beirut in the 1980s.

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from The Washington Post…

US warns Russia over missile defense for Syria

By MATHEW LEE and JONATHAN LEMIRE — Associated Press | 4:23PM EDT — Monday, September 24, 2018

In this file photo taken on Monday, May 9, 2016, Russian the S-300 air defense missile systems drive during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Moscow will supply the Syrian government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week's downing of a Russian plane, the Russian Defense Minister announced on Monday, September 24, 2018. — Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press.
In this file photo taken on Monday, May 9, 2016, Russian the S-300 air defense missile systems drive during the Victory Day
military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Moscow will supply the Syrian
government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week's downing of a Russian plane, the Russian
Defense Minister announced on Monday, September 24, 2018. — Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press.


NEW YORK — The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a “major mistake” and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves.

National security adviser John Bolton said on Monday that delivery of the Russian S-300 would be a “significant escalation” in already high tensions in the region and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would raise the matter this week with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at the U.N. General Assembly.

“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.

Russia announced earlier on Monday that it would give Syria's government more modern, S-300 missile defense systems after last week's downing of a Russian plane by Syria in a friendly fire incident. The military's reconnaissance Il-20 was shot down by the Syrian government missile defense systems responding to an Israeli airstrike. Russia laid the blame on Israel, saying Israeli fighter jets had pushed the plane into Syria's line of fire.

“We have American forces in the area we're concerned about,” Bolton said. “The Israelis have a legitimate right to self-defense against this Iranian aggressive behavior, and what we're all trying to do is reduce tensions, reduce the possibility of major new hostilities. That's why the president has spoken to this issue and why we would regard introducing the S300 as a major mistake.”

Syria's skies, where regional and international powers back different parties in the conflict, are increasingly crowded.

Shortly before the downing, Israeli strikes had hit targets inside Syria, reportedly preventing an arms shipment to the Iranian-backed militant Hezbollah group.


In this file photo taken on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia. Moscow will supply the Syrian government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week's downing of a Russian plane, the Russian Defense Minister announced on Monday, September 24, 2018. — Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press.
In this file photo taken on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM,
is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia. Moscow will supply the Syrian
government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week's downing of a Russian plane, the Russian
Defense Minister announced on Monday, September 24, 2018. — Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press.


Russia launched its campaign in Syria to support President Bashar Assad in 2015, and though the involvement turned the tide of war in favor of Syrian government forces, Moscow has tried to play a careful balancing act, maintaining good ties both with Iran and Israel. For its part, Israel is wary of Iran's growing influence in Syria.

Bolton said the U.S. would keep a military presence in Syria until Iran is no longer active there.

“We're not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders and that includes Iranian proxies and militias,” he said.

Asked about Bolton's statement that U.S. troops will stay in Syria as long as Iran forces and proxies are there, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon, “Right now our troops inside Syria are there for one purpose, and that's under the U.N. authorization about defeating ISIS.” He said this includes training local Syrian forces to prevent an ISIS comeback.

Mattis did not explicitly support or dispute Bolton's statement, although his description of the role and mission of U.S. troops in Syria did not include outlasting Iran.

Pressed to say whether he agreed with Bolton's statement, Mattis said, “I'll let Ambassador Bolton speak for himself,” but added later that he had spoken to Bolton twice on Monday. “I think we're on the same sheet of music,” which he said means supporting U.N.-brokered efforts to reach a political settlement. “There is no daylight between his appreciation of the situation and mine.”


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