Haaretz: After Downing of Spy Plane, Russia to Supply Assad Regime With S-300 Air Defense System هآررتس ووكالات: بعد اسقاد طائرتها فوف سوريا روسيا سوف تزود الأسد بنظام اس 300 الجوي

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الدفاع الروسية: سنسلم سوريا نظام S-300 لصد الهجمات الاسرائيلية
وكالات/الاثنين 24 أيلول 2018

أعلن وزير الدفاع الروسي سيرغي شويغو اليوم الاثنين، أن موسكو ستسلم منظومات “إس-300” للدفاع الجوي إلى سوريا خلال أسبوعين، على خلفية إسقاط طائرة “إيل-20” الأسبوع الماضي.
وحمل شويغو، في كلمة ألقاها اليوم، مرة أخرى “إسرائيل” المسؤولية عن إسقاط الطائرة بالخطأ بنيران الدفاعات الجوية السورية مساء الاثنين الماضي، ما أودى بأرواح 15 عسكريا روسيا، مشددا على أن الجيش الإسرائيلي لم يبلغ الطرف الروسي عبر الخط الساخن بنيته شن غارات جوية على سوريا إلا قبل دقيقة واحدة من بدء الهجوم.
وأضاف شويغو أن الجيش “الإسرائيلي” لم يسلم للعسكريين الروس معلومات دقيقة عن المنطقة التي ستتعرض للهجوم وادعى أن الغارات ستُنفّذ في شمال البلاد، خلافا للواقع، ما منع الجيش الروسي من إبعاد طائرته من منطقة الخطر.
وتابع: “طواقم الطائرات الإسرائيلية المطلعين جيدا على الوضع في الجو احتمت بالطائرة الروسية، ما أدى إلى إصابتها وأودى بأرواح 15 من عسكرينا”.وذكر شويغو أن هذه الحادثة أجبرت روسيا على اتخاذ خطوات جوابية مناسبة بهدف تعزيز أمن عسكرييها الذين ينفذون مهام مكافحة “الإرهاب الدولي” في سوريا. وأعلن شويغو أن وزارة الدفاع الروسية بإيعاز من رئيس البلاد فلاديمير بوتين ستتخذ ثلاث خطوات مهمة بهدف تعزيز القدرات القتالية للدفاعات الجوية السورية. وفي الخطوة الأولى، قررت روسيا، حسب شيوغو، تسليم منظومات الدفاع الجوي “إس-300” إلى سوريا خلال أسبوعين، وهي قادرة على اعتراض الأهداف الجوية على مسافة تتجاوز 250 كم.
وقال الوزير: “بسبب قدرتها العالية على عرقلة التشويش وسرعتها المتفوقة في إطلاق الصواريخ، ستسهم هذه المنظومة إسهاما ملموسا في تعزيز القدرات القتالية للدفاعات الجوية السورية”. وتابع: “بودي التشديد على أننا في عام 2013، بطلب من الجانب الإسرائيلي، جمّدنا خطة تسليم منظومات “إس-300″ إلى سوريا والتي كانت جاهزة للتصدير وقد تلقى العسكريون السورية تدريبا مطلوبا. لكن الوضع تغير اليوم، وليس بذنبنا”.

After Downing of Spy Plane, Russia to Supply Assad Regime With S-300 Air Defense System
هآررتس ووكالات: بعد اسقاد طائرتها المتخصصة بالتجسس فوف سوريا روسيا سوف تزود الأسد بنظام اس 300 الجوي
Haaretz/Jack Khoury and Reuters Sep 24, 2018
Senior Russian defense official quoted saying that deployment of S-300 in Syria would severely hamstring the Israel Air Force ■ Kremlin says decision is not directed at any third country
Russia will supply Syria with S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, as part of measures against Israel for the downing of its intelligence plane near Latakia last week, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Monday.
The report quotes a senior official in the Russian defense ministry, who posited that the deployment of S-300 in Syria would severely hamstring the Israel Air Force.
“It would be a very effective change,” the official told Kommersant, and explained that Syrian air space would be safeguarded by advanced systems instead of the current, dated ones.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu later declared on Monday that Moscow would deliver the S-300 to Syria, confirming the report. Last week’s crash, which killed 15 people, had forced Moscow to take “adequate retaliatory measures to increase the safety of Russian military fighting international terrorism in Syria,” Shoigu said in a televised address. Shoigu said Russia will equip Syrian anti-aircraft units with Russian tracking and guidance systems in order to identify Russian aircraft. “A modern S-300 air defense missile system will be transferred to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks,” he said. The system will “significantly increase the Syrian army’s combat capabilities,” he said. A spokesperson for Syrian President Bashar Assad also confirmed Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had told Assad that Moscow would bolster Syria’s air defenses over a phone call.
“President Putin held Israel responsible for bring down the plane and informed President Assad that Russia will develop Syria’s air defense systems,” the Syrian presidency said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s decision to supply Syria with the S-300 system is aimed at increasing safety of Russian military. When asked about relations with Israel, Peskov said the decision was not directed at any third country.
Russia’s Defense Ministry on Sunday formally blamed Israel for the downing of the Russian aircraft last week over Syria, accusing the Israeli military of “criminal negligence.” Israel has denied the allegation, claiming the mechanisms to coordinate with Russia were used properly prior to the downing of the Illyushin. In a report detailing the circumstances surrounding the incident, Russia accused Israel of deliberately misleading Russia on its planned airstrikes, preventing the downed plane from moving to a safe place on time.
Moscow had planned delivering the S-300 to the Bashar Assad regime in April, in response to the combined airstrike by the U.S., France and Britain. Sources within the Russian government said at the time that if Israel were to attack the systems, the results would be “catastrophic.”
Shoigu said on Sunday that Russia is now going to go ahead with the shipment because “the situation has changed, and it’s not our fault.” He also said that Russia would start to electronically jam aircraft flying in to attack targets in Syria. “We are convinced that these measures will calm down some hotheads and keep them from careless actions which pose a threat to our troops,” Shoigu said.
Several reports had been made in recent years of Russia’s intent to transfer the S-300 to the Assad regime. Each report was followed by heavy pressure exerted by Israel including talks between former Israeli president Shimon Peres, current president Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Putin and his predecessor, Dmitry Medvedev.
“A few years ago we considered the requests of our allies in the West and did not supply the S-300 missiles to Syria,” said Col. Sergey Rodsky after the attack in April. “Given what has transpired, we are reconsidering the matter, not only in relation to Syria, but also in relation to other countries.”
*The Associated Press contributed to this report.