Russian Federation backs off Syria S-300 missile supplies after Netanyahu visit

  • Russian Federation backs off Syria S-300 missile supplies after Netanyahu visit

Russian Federation backs off Syria S-300 missile supplies after Netanyahu visit

There's been much speculation circulating in the media around the possibility of Russian Federation supplying its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria after the latter was attacked by three Western nations - the United States, France and the United Kingdom - in response to an alleged use of chemical weapons by government forces in the city of Douma.

Belarusssian S-300 mobile missile launching systems drive through a military parade during celebrations marking Independence Day in Minsk on July 3, 2013.

Early Thursday morning, Israeli F-15 and F-16 fighter jets bombed over 50 Iranian targets throughout Syria in an extensive campaign, dubbed "Operation House of Cards", to try and destroy Iran's military presence in the country, the army said.

"For now, we're not talking about any deliveries of new modern [air-defense] systems", Kozhin said when asked about the S-300 system. Peskov declined to comment on Kozhin's remarks, stressing that it would be wrong to connect those statements with the Israeli premier's visit to Moscow.

Syrian regime forces already had "everything it needed", Kozhin added. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has played down the idea that Moscow performed a U-turn on the missile question or that any decision was linked to Netanyahu's visit.

Asked about the issue on a conference call with reporters Friday, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russian Federation had never announced that it would supply the weapons though it maintains the right to respond as it sees fit to a recent US -led attack on Syria.

"But we did say after the [Western] strikes [on Syria] that of course Russian Federation reserved the right to do anything it considered necessary". Four of the missiles were knocked down by the Iron Dome air defense system and the rest failed to reach Israeli territory, according to the military. S-300s could have significantly complicated the Israeli strikes.

The mission - the largest air campaign carried out by Israel in Syria in over 40 years - was "very successful", a senior air force officer said Thursday, but warned that Israel believes that Iranian forces in Syria are still in possession of surface-to-surface missiles that could again be fired at Israel.

Though they have since been superseded by the more modern S-400 system, the S-300s are still regarded as highly potent and outstrip anything that the Syrian regime now has.