Israel warns of attack if Russian Federation air defenses used in Syria

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday vowed a military action if Syria used Russian-made air defense systems against Israeli warplanes.

Back in 2016 the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that it had deployed a sophisticated anti-missile system to its naval facility in the Syrian city of Tartus, after reports began circulating in worldwide media.

S-300VM / Antey-2500 missile defense system.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then appeared to backtrack slightly later in the day, saying that Russian Federation had not yet decided whether it would deliver the system to Syria, but that it would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.

Russian daily Kommersant newspaper, citing unnamed military sources, said the S-300 anti-craft missile systems will be deployed to Syria in the near future.

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The U.S., France and Britain attacked three chemical weapons sites in Syria on April 14 in response to a deadly sarin and chlorine gas attack that killed dozens of civilians in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus.

Lavrov said last week that after the joint US-Britain-France operation Russian Federation no longer felt bound by "moral duty" to a previous agreement with Western nations not supply Damascus with the S-300 system. Russian Federation and Iran blamed Israel for the attack.

"In my opinion, such air strikes are groundless, they were carried out under a false pretense", Wang Haiyun noted, adding that it was also an example of hegemonic aspirations.

However, until now Israel has never targeted Russian personnel or bases in Syria. "It doesn't matter if it's an S-300 or an S-700", he said.

"As for economic reconstruction, this will take time and I am convinced that we should all act in the interests of the Syrian people and out of total respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria", he said, talking about the rebuilding of Syria, Sputnik reported.

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