Syria faces perpetual war unless Russian Federation extends ceasefire, France warns

Russia claims S-300 may close parts of Syrian airspace

The S-300 is capable of intercepting air attacks more than 150 miles away and can hit multiple targets simultaneously.

Russian Federation had originally agreed to send the missiles to Syria in 2013 but rescinded that offer after Israel objected.

Elias Farhat, a military analyst and retired Lebanese army general, said the Syrians have already been trained on how to operate the S-300 a few years ago.

A statement after the meeting said the Security Cabinet "instructed the IDF to continue to take action against attempts by Iran to establish a military presence in Syria while continuing the security coordination with Russian Federation".

In a televised statement on Monday, Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the decision to "transfer the missile defence system to the Syrian armed forces "was taken by President Vladimir Putin and is one of the "response measures".

"Monitoring the Il-20, the Israeli fighters used it as cover from the anti-aircraft missiles" and continued to patrol the area long after the Russian plane was shot down, he said.

The reports of Cohen's trip followed an nearly three-hour meeting of the security cabinet Tuesday during which Netanyahu warned ministers to remain silent on the Russian affair, Hadashot news reported. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said he would raise the matter when he met his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in NY this week.

Iran says separatists aided by ‘Arab nations’ attacked military parade
It is, however, highly unlikely the Guards will strike any of its foes directly and risk setting off a regional conflict. Iranian officials were quick to point the finger at Arab separatists, backed by Gulf Arab allies of the United States.

Russian Federation blamed Israel for carrying out a military operation in the conflict zone without prior notice. "The result of the downing of the Russian plane by Syrian fire is severe and tragic and we convey our condolences to the bereaved families and the Russian people", an Israeli Air Force spokesperson said. Rather, a surface-to-air S-200 missile, fired by Syrian air-defense forces, had brought the plane down.

Russian Federation and Israel have been getting along surprisingly well considering that they are on opposite sides of the Syrian civil war.

Shoigu said Russia will equip Syrian anti-aircraft units with Russian tracking and guidance systems in order to identify Russian aircraft.

Israel's statement came on the same day that US national security adviser John Bolton warned that Russia's decision to supply Syria with an S-300 surface-to-air missile system was a "major mistake" and a "significant escalation" in Syria's seven-year civil war. It took Israel a few days to disprove this accusation, but it left many awkward questions for Russian command regarding the real responsibility for this case of "friendly fire" (Nezavisimaya Gazeta, September 20).

There were rumours in late April, just weeks after the US, Britain, and France launched strikes on Syria from both air and sea, about the possible provision of Russian S-300 anti-missile batteries to the Syrian regime.

The Jerusalem Post further suggested that now, Syrian air defenses are largely outdated Soviet-era systems as well as more sophisticated tactical systems.

Israel says it is determined to stop Iran, a longtime foe that has sent forces to back Assad, from becoming entrenched near Israel's northern border and prevent the transfer of advanced missile systems to Iranian proxies, including Hezbollah.

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