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Russia Balks at Arming Syria With Missiles After Netanyahu Talks

Russia Balks at Arming Syria With Missiles After Netanyahu Talks

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of US President Donald Trump for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

As a result of air strikes of Israel on Iranian facilities in Syria killed at least 27 people.

Russian Federation last month hinted it would supply the weapons to President Bashar al-Assad, over Israeli objections, after Western military strikes on Syria.

The Israeli security cabinet estimates that the recent IDF activity in the area made it clear to the Iranians that they do not have enough operational resources to deal with the superiority of the IDF. Putin wants Iran to remain in Syria as a junior partner in propping up the Assad regime but not acting provocatively otherwise.

Mr Keane added: "This is serious stuff, what Iran is up to". Russian-Iranian ties extend even further: Iran operates advanced Russian jets and anti-aircraft missiles, and shares air bases in Syria with Russian aircraft, while Russian bombers have flown sorties from Iranian air bases against rebel targets in Syria.

Iran is equally committed to its objectives - turning Syria into a forward-based of direct Iranian operations and a manufacturing center for precision-guided missiles. But the Israeli Air Force has had to be wary of Russia's ultramodern air-defence umbrella of jets and missiles over Syrian air space.

Yet Putin does not want Israel to become so aggressive in Syria that Putin is forced to do something to defend its Iranian allies or appear complicit with Israel by doing nothing to stop it. Putin's threat of delivering S-300 air defense missiles to Assad-originally made after the recent US missile attack on Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons against its opponents-might serve to prevent this.

We will remind, on Thursday, may 10, in response to Iranian attacks on Israeli territory were dealt a massive blow on targets in Syria.

"We hit nearly the entire Iranian infrastructure in Syria".




The statement by Kojin who oversees Russian military aid to other countries, came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Moscow this week.

The scope of the attacks - which Israel called its largest in Syria since the 1973 Middle East war - raised the spectre of a full-fledged war between Iran and Israel in Syria, a conflict that could potentially drag the militant Hezbollah and Lebanon into the mix with devastating effects.

Iran has been active in Syria since the start of the uprising in 2011, which led to the horrific civil war that continues to play out today.

Israel said it had attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria, destroying dozens of sites, after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time.

Although Iran may not be a match for Israel's military power, it has a variety of allies and ways to hit back if corned by the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia, Iran's regional rival.

Iran responded by warning that the strikes had been launched on "invented pretexts". More recently, after Israel's 2008 assassination of Hezbollah mastermind Imad Mughniyah, a Hezbollah bombing killed seven Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. The differences between Putin and Netanyahu with regard to Iran, then, appear to be quite stark.

Iran could directly attack Israel or alternatively activate its proxy Hezbollah.

Iran says it is ready to restart its nuclear programme on an "industrial scale". Israel worries that Iran is trying to send weapons to fighters in Lebanon.


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