Assad: We received 1st shipment of S-300 missiles from Russia
Published: 05.30.13, 08:09 / Israel News
Syrian President Bashar Assad told Hezbolla’s television network Al-Manar on Thursday that his country has already received the first shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia.
During the interview, which will be aired in full on Al-Manar Thursday evening, the embattled Syrian leader said the next shipment is due to arrive “soon.”
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(Haaretz) – Israel’s National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror sketched out what Jerusalem’s “red line” is vis-à-vis the S-300 missile systems Russia intends to send to Syria before the 27 European Union ambassadors in Israel.
Two diplomats who were in the room during the briefing last Thursday, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was a closed event, said that Amidror stressed Israel will act “to prevent the S-300 missiles from becoming operational” on Syrian soil. This message was also conveyed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon when he said on Tuesday that if the missiles reach Syria “Israel will know what to do.
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The White House is considering a no-fly-zone in Syria.
Russia plans to send the S-300 missile system to Syria, which could down aircraft attempting to enforce a no-fly zone.
Someone has to blink — or things could get really bad.
The conflict in Syria has raged for two years. What began as peaceful demonstrations has deteriorated into full-blown civil war, with more than 80,000 people killed and millions displaced by the conflict.
White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed chatter about a no-fly-zone with a statement on Wednesday: “Every option available to the president remains on the table when it comes to our policy towards Syria. That of course includes the possibility of a no-fly zone.”
Sen. John McCain, an advocate of a no-fly zone in Syria, secretly traveled to Syria and met with members of the Free Syrian Army for several hours on Monday. He is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the war-torn nation since the fighting began.
Meanwhile Russia has said it will supply the Bashar al Assad regime with S-300 missile systems.