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May 14, 2013 8:22 am

Report: S-300 Missiles Already in Syria Despite Netanyahu’s Bid to Stop Shipment

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss ways to stabilize the Middle East and to halt the shipment of Russian-made S-300 missiles to the Syrian army, despite reports that they had already been delivered.

During their meeting Tuesday, Netanyahu told Putin: “The region around us is tumultuous, rough, unstable and volatile, therefore I am pleased with the opportunity to consider together way to stabilize the region and bring about security and stability.”

The two leaders were set to discuss the delivery of the advanced S-300 Missiles just as reports surfaced that the missiles had already been delivered by Russia to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army.

Israel media was reporting Tuesday that according to the London-based Arab paper Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the missiles are in Syria and under Russian supervision, but not yet operational.

The powerful weapon has a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and the ability to track and strike multiple targets simultaneously with lethal efficiency. It would signal a huge advancement in Syria’s air defense capability and pose a strong challenge to any possible aerial campaign. Israel also fears that advanced Russian weapons could fall into the hands of Hezbollah, a key Syrian ally in neighboring Lebanon.

The Russian missile system is also capable of intercepting drones and cruise missiles.

Igor Korotchenko, a former colonel of the Russian General Staff who now heads the Center for Analysis of Global Weapons Trade, said the decision on the S-300 delivery would have a major effect on Israel’s superiority in the region, Israel Hayom reported.

“It may lead to a new round of confrontation with the West,” he said. “It will have a serious impact on the balance of forces, depriving Israel of its air superiority.”

Korotchenko added that Syrian crews will have to spend up to one year in Russia training on how to use the S-300 systems. “Without that, the delivery would make no sense,” he said. “It’s a complex system, and only highly qualified crew can handle it.”

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  • kyobe oscar

    Thanks to Putin now the syrian army can protect its citizens against the killers who think they can control the middleast

  • leah Ivgy

    I am very curious to know, what is the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA response to all this catastroph, I thought The USA is the first nation to object to evildoing, is President Obama sitting on his so called presidency and will just watch the outcome? Or is he unccious to wiilling to do something about this desaster cituation, are you afraid Mr. President to speak out; I heard you saying to Benjamin Natanyaho, that “The state of Israel will always have your back as a good support” Is it true what you said Mr. President? Or you have forgotten, I am only reminding you, that a friend in need is a friend endeed; although, do not forget that if the enemie of The state Of Israel, is Russia, than Russia is the enemie of the USA as well! Well, do not wait to act, Mr. President, we need your help. Peace for the World.

  • What an adversary Israel has in Russia. What about the political-diplomatic clout Israel was said to have achieved, allowing those gas deals for Russia?

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    As I thought, Putin did not disclose the fact to BN before arriving in Russia. Clearly Putin had inform BN face to face. It is difficult to believe Syrian forces are unable to operate S-300 systems with out Russian training. Chechnya has trained men in up to date weaponry for some time, there are still ex-Russians from what are now Muslim dominated nations, who have been in the Russian Army and many may well still be serving time. It is obvious from the recent Marathon Bomb attack in Boston there will be Russian Muslims among Hezbollah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood. The situation for Israel is seriously compramized.

  • This missile system handling to Syria is a big threat to the middle east continet and Russia. Why because russia may think this missile system giving to Syria will balance the strength of Israel powerfully air capabilities. And. if care is not taking and fall in a wrong hands trough the civil war in Syria then Russian will be a target in case the war turn

  • Otto Schiff

    Putin is a troublemaker instead of a statesman.

  • Rudy Hoffmann

    Any weapon in the wrong hands is always a huge risk, mainly to a peace seeking country like Israel. But as we can easily see these weapons are already in the wrong hands with Russia. Never believe a single promise of an antisemite such as Putin. He is a common Russian frozen alcoholic!!! No brain no pain! Thank You very much for sending me Algemeiner! Shalom Mazal Tov!!! RH

  • So the Syrians will have the capability to defend themselves against marauders?
    That should be a calming influence on the warmongers!

  • EthanP

    I believe Korotchenko’s comments on the time involved. Unless of course Iranian crews are already trained to use the S-300. That would mean they could be opperational in a month or so. Israel and the West have been very effective in dealing with Russian SAMS. India, a recipient of the latest Russian SAMs has not been happy with their capabilities.
    I am more concerned with the delivery of the latest anti-ship missiles. These have an over horizon range. These can apparently be fired from a shipping container on a common merchant vessal with a few simple modifications.

  • Palimadar

    Waste of time, Bibi is late ( as always)…even if he gives Putin exclusivity on all Natural Gas reserves, at Israel’s off shore locations, it’s more important for Russia to remain a decisive military power in the warm waters of the Med. I’m very surprised Sarah Netanyahu even let Bibi go alone to meet Putin….this obsessive woman doesn’t let him go to the toilet alone…

  • Irwin Graulich

    The Russians are no better today than at the height of the cold war. Putin makes Khrushchev look like a good guy. I say, “Kill Putin” and rid the world of another monster.

  • Adam Neira

    The solution to the situation in Syria is a multifaceted one. Escalated outside military intervention or no fly zones are not the best options at the moment. The sovereignty of the country must be respected. There is a limit to what military hardware can do, but of course prevention of further violence often requires the use of material force. But something else is required right now. The following story must be a wake up call to all sane people…

    Syrian Rebels in Cannibalistic Shock Video (Arutz Sheva).

    This is reminiscent of the parading of body parts of an Israeli soldier in Gaza in May 2004. Just pure satanic darkness. Absolute evil manifest. It is difficult to accept that such evil exists in the world but if we choose to remain in denial and not face the truth about a situation the darkness continues. As Edmund Burke said, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” The key with hopeless looking situations is to try and have a vision of a better future. Supreme efforts must be made by all interested parties to stabilise Syria. The country is a vital piece of the Middle East jigsaw puzzle.

    The idea of an International Peace Conference to address the problems in Syria is a worthy one which must be pursued. The key ingredients of a successful event are : Why – What is the intention; When; Where; How; Cost; Who – Organising Team; Support; Guests; How – Logisitics etc.; Duration; Flow and Format.

    All these components of a successful meeting can be addressed if the will is there. Which paradigm should reign in the Middle East? Vision, courage and trust building or myopia, cowardice and betrayal of trust.

    Prayers for Syria.