Russia decides to provide S-300 missile system to Syria

Russia announced Monday that the Syrian government will be supplied with S-300 missile defense systems amid the downing of a Russian plane by Syria last week, a move the Trump administration calls a "major mistake".

The French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian issued the warning at the start of a week of summit meetings at the United Nations general assembly, where the U.S. national security adviser, John Bolton, also raised the prospect of an endless, grueling conflict, vowing not to pulling USA forces out of Syria before Iranian troops and their allies.

The IDF will continue to strike at Iranian target in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after Russian Federation announced plans to transfer to Syria an advanced anti-missile system known as the S-300.

He said: "Please note that we suspended the delivery of the S-300 system to Syria in 2013 at the request of Israel". Russian Federation will also jam the electronic communications of aircraft attacking targets in Syria, he said.

As the Il-20 was landing near Latakia, one of the F-16 planes "began maneuvers" at 1859 GMT "getting closer to the Il-20", which was interpreted as a repeat attack by the Syrian air defense and resulted in it being shot down, he said.

"We are certain that the realisation of these measures will cool the "hot heads" and will keep them from poorly thought-out actions which threaten our servicemen", Shoigu concluded in a warning to both Israel, which claims to have conducted 200 strikes in Syria in the past year and a half, and perhaps the USA and its coalition partners, which have on more than one occasion struck Syria for the use of chemical weapons.

Russia's stepped-up role in Syria enabled President Assad's forces, which had been losing ground to the armed opposition, to gain the upper hand and reclaim significant territory held by the rebels.

"Not only Syrian air defense will become more capable, but it will be necessary to keep in mind the presence of Russian operators at the Syrian air defense systems".

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He said US troops would stay active in Syria as long as Iran was involved.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to continue combating Iranian "entrenchment" in Syria and coordinating with Russian Federation after the downing of one of Moscow's planes.

It was the deadliest known case of friendly fire between Syria and key backer Russian Federation since Moscow's game-changing 2015 military intervention.

Russian Federation at an earlier stage in the war had suspended sending an S-300 system to Syria amid Israeli concerns that the missiles could be used against it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that recent findings by the Russian military showed an Israeli jet "deliberately" pushed the Russian Il-20 into the line of fire, enabling its downing. "Most importantly, we will guarantee the identification of all Russian aircraft by the Syrian air defense systems", Shoigu said.

"This is a very ungrateful response to everything Russian Federation has done for Israel".

Ostensibly to prevent such a mishap from reoccurring, Russian Federation has agreed to sell it's most advanced anti-aircraft system, the S-300, to the Syrian regime.

Syria's airspace is already the most crowded in the world with air-defense systems.

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