“But it can also be interpreted as leaving the door open”, said one source, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Moscow announced last week that it was considering reversing its longtime policy against supplying the S-300 system to the regime.
He also said the U.N.is “doing everything” to accelerate the process of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission arrival in Syria’s Douma.
Sergei Lavrov added that the Russian military chiefs had informed the United States military commanders in Syria about their red lines which included the physical ones. “Now, we will consider options to ensure the Syrian state’s security after this outrageous act of aggression from the United States, France and Great Britain”. The shipments will be conducted free of charge, the Kommersant newspaper wrote adding that Russian Federation is determined to take a swift effort to create the echeloned air defence system for Syria. Russian Federation has denied involvement. Components of S-300 systems, including radar stations, transport vehicles, command posts and missile launchers, will be delivered to Syria by military transport aircraft or vessels of the Russian Navy.
The Russian-made system offers long-range protection against both fighter jets and missiles.
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down in the February operation, and the delivery of the more advanced anti-aircraft defense system would make Israeli jets far more vulnerable in any future operations in Syria.
He said he thought it was now likely that Russian Federation would supply Syria with the S-300 system, although it was unclear which of the several versions, with significantly differing capabilities, Syria would receive.
Therefore, Israel might look to destroy the defense system, preferably before it is set up and made operational.
Israeli officials, for their part, have not said they can not overcome the S-300’s defenses.
The US official said the allies would also discuss developments with European partners France, Germany and Britain on updating a nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers. “We will return to square one after eliminating this threat, which is exactly what we intend to do”.
Syrian air defenses are largely Soviet-era systems, with SA-2s, SA-5s, and SA-6s as well as the more sophisticated tactical surface-to-air missiles such as the SA-17s and SA-22 systems.
Russian Federation is well aware that Israel considers the deployment of this system in Syria crossing a red line.
“Those states and groups, which are their pawns in countries of the region, have been supporting terrorists since the first day of war on Syria”.
Days earlier, another air raid attributed to Israel targeted the Iranian-operated T-4 (Tayfur) base close to Syria’s central Homs province killing 14 people including reportedly 7 Iranian personnel. The Israeli plane was hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, and crashed in Israel; the two pilots ejected to safety.
According to the Russian diplomat, Trump mentioned the idea of a meeting a couple of times.