Russia has begun the delivery of s-300 to Syria
Russia has started deliveries of anti-aircraft missile systems s-300 to Syria. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, reports “Interfax”.
“The s-300 have already begun to arrive in Syria,” — said the head of Russian diplomacy. According to him, deliveries could begin “immediately after the incident” with the Russian reconnaissance aircraft Il-20 in Syria.
On 24 September the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu said that Moscow in the next two weeks will resume deliveries of s-300 to Damascus. This process was frozen in 2013 at the request of Israel.
Moscow’s decision to transfer to Damascus of an effective air defense was made after the Russian reconnaissance aircraft Il-20 was shot down in the night of September 18, near the Mediterranean coast. The disaster killed 15 Russian soldiers.
The defense Ministry laid the blame for the incident on Israel, noting that Israeli planes under the guise of a Il-20, set him up to strike Syrian air defenses. The Israeli army blamed for what happened to Syria, Iran and Hizbollah.