The world is in a precarious state at the best of the times. Horror news here, horror news there, horror news everywhere. My point is that we get so inundated with horror on a moment’s notice, 24 hours per day, that I believe we kind of get immunized to most of it. I don’t know if you caught the story about Russia perhaps delivering the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems to the Syrian government which is under threat of collapse by the present civil war. That’s what this post is about. Check out the video and watch for yourselves what we are talking about.
Then remember that Russia, under its old treaty of alliance with Syria, is bound to deliver such systems to its military allies. I personally don’t think Russia will do it, but in these insane times nothing can be surprising anymore. I mean, Russia “should” deliver those weapons to the Syrian government under the terms of its treaty but it won’t. The game has changed and old treaties are being rewritten. But what if Russia would respect the terms of its treaty with Syria ? Israel is terrified, with good reason, at such a prospect and has already hinted that it would not let that happen. It believes not only that the missiles would be used against the state of Israel but would eventually leak to Hezbollah and Iran nearby. That would keep the Israeli cabinet awake at night. The rest of the world would not sleep well neither. Lou
One video + two divergent news stories on the same issue.
The S-300 is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems currently fielded. Its radars have the ability to simultaneously track up to 100 targets while engaging up to 12. S-300 deployment time is five minutes. The S-300 missiles are sealed rounds and require no maintenance over their lifetime. –Wikipedia
Israel says Russian anti-aircraft system not headed to Syria yet
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An advanced anti-aircraft system destined for Syria has not left Russia yet, but Israel will know how to act if it does, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday.
Yaalon’s remarks appeared to contradict Israel’s air force chief, who said last week the shipment of S-300 missiles was “on its way” to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is battling a popular uprising that has turned into a civil war.
Israel is alarmed by the prospect of Russia supplying advanced weapon systems to Syria, saying such arms could end up in the hands of arch-foe Iran or the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
“I can say that the shipments are not on their way yet,” Yaalon told reporters. “I hope they will not leave, and if, God forbid, they reach Syria, we will know what to do,” he said, without disclosing how he came by the information.
S-300 missiles stabilizing factor in Syria: Russia
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday that the air defense system was a “stabilizing factor” that could dissuade “some hotheads” from entering the unrest in Syria.
“We consider these supplies a stabilizing factor and believe such steps will deter some hotheads from considering scenarios that would turn the conflict international with the involvement of outside forces,” Ryabkov said.
He added that Moscow would go ahead with the decision since the contract for the delivery of the system had been signed several years ago.
Russia’s envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko has also defended Moscow’s decision, saying his country was acting “fully within the framework of international law.”
“We are not doing anything that could change the situation in Syria,” Grushko said on Tuesday, adding that “The arms that we supply are defensive weapons.”
US, Israel and several Western countries have been pressing Russia not to go through with a promised delivery of S-300 missiles to the Syrian government.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Yaalon has said the S-300 missiles destined for Syria have not left Russia yet, adding that Israel will know how to react once the missiles get on the way to Syria.
And just in case we were not confused enough, the EU will now be supplying arms to the rebels…
May 28, 2013
The EU has agreed to lift the Syrian arms embargo.The UK and France led the effort which has now opened the door to lethal aid flowing into the hands of the Syrian rebels. The UK aid agency Oxfam has warned of “devastating consequences” if more arms are sent into Syria. Anti-war activist Richard Becker says the arms embargo never stopped western supporters of the opposition. And Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, an independent researcher and writer, says Washington is not entirely sincere when it calls for peace talks.
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- S-300 missiles stabilizing factor in Syria: Russia (thetruthseeker.co.uk)
- Diplomat: Russia to arm Syria regime with anti-aircraft missiles to prevent foreign intervention (warsclerotic.wordpress.com)
- Israel Alludes to Consequences if Russia Delivers Anti-Aircraft Weapons to Syria (darkgovernment.com)
- Russian arms ‘to stabilise Syria’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Israel says Russian anti-aircraft system not headed to Syria yet (dailystar.com.lb)
- Russia S-300 missile exports may stave off Syrian invasion – diplomat (voicerussia.com)
- Russia plays S-300 card to check Israel attacks on Syria (thehindu.com)