Russian S-300s were not ‘inactive’ while Israel fired missiles at Syria

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DAMASCUS, Syria – Israeli forces spent two days firing missiles at alleged Iranian targets in Syria. Syrian anti-aircraft defense destroyed 30 of the cruise missiles and Israeli guided bombs. The Iranian deputy suggested something about the Syrian S-300s during attacks.

Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told IRNA that Syria’s S-300 anti-aircraft systems were “inactive” during the recent Israeli missile strike against Damascus.

The commission’s chairman insisted that if Syria’s S-300 systems were functioning properly, Israeli forces would not have been able to easily carry out air strikes on Syria two days in a row. It is worth noting that the deputy’s words follow statements from the Foreign Ministry of Syria that Israeli air strikes were possible only with the support of the United States and with “silent” immunity approved by other members of the UN Security Council.

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Regarding Syria, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in turn, requested that Israel stop “arbitrary attacks on the territory of a sovereign State”.

In early October, Russia completed the delivery of the new S-300 systems to Syria, including radars and target acquisition systems, command posts and four launchers. Earlier, Moscow announced that it would provide Damascus with S-300 systems in response to the downing of the Russian aircraft Il-20 with 15 military personnel aboard who were near the Syrian city of Latakia.

Moscow blamed the Israeli Air Force for abetting the use of Russian military aircraft as a shield against Syria’s anti-aircraft systems. Despite the death of 15 military personnel, Russia has done nothing but give rhetoric to stop Israel’s continuous attacks against Syria. Iran, the supposed target of the Israeli airstrikes, also gives a lot of lip service against the Israeli regime with constant threats of war and destruction, but has done next to nothing to prevent the attacks.

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