Assad Implies to al-Manar that Syria Received Russia Missilesإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Russia has delivered sophisticated air defense missiles to Syria, President Bashar Assad has implied in an interview to be aired Thursday on Hizbullah's al-Manar television, the network said.
Al-Manar said in a statement that when asked about the promised delivery of the S-300 surface-to-air missiles, Assad replied: "All the agreements with Russia will be honored and some already have been recently."
Israel's defense chief, Moshe Yaalon, said earlier this week that Russia's plan to supply Syria with the weapons is a threat and that Israel was prepared to use force to stop the delivery.
Al-Manar TV released Assad's comment on the Russian missiles through its breaking news service to clients on Thursday morning. The TV is to air the exclusive interview later Thursday.
On Monday, the European Union lifted an arms embargo on Syria, paving way for individual countries of the 27-member bloc to send weapons to rebels fighting to topple Assad's regime. The move raised fears of an arms race in the Middle East.
Israel has carried out several airstrikes in Syria in recent months that are believed to have destroyed weapons shipments bound for Hizbullah.
But with the Russian missiles in Syria's possession, the Israeli air force's ability to act could be limited.
Israel has lobbied Moscow over the planned sale of S-300 air-defense missiles to Syria but on Tuesday, Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said his government remained committed to the deal.
The S-300s have a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and the capability to track and strike multiple targets simultaneously. Syria already possesses Russian-made air defenses, and Israel is believed to have used long-distance bombs fired from Israeli or Lebanese airspace. The S-300s would expand Syria's capabilities, allowing it to counter airstrikes launched from foreign airspace as well.
Monday's decision by the EU paved the way for individual countries to send weapons to Assad's outgunned opponents. The EU's move may have little impact on the conflict since no single European country is expected to send lethal weapons to the rebels anytime soon.
Britain and France, the main military powers in the EU, had pushed for lifting the embargo. They have argued that Europe's threat of arming the rebels in the future would force Assad to negotiate in good faith.
Russia, an Assad ally, harshly criticized Europe's decision to allow the arming of Syrian rebels, saying it undercuts international efforts to bring the opposing sides in Syrian conflict together for a peace conference.
Israel received assurances from Russia that these missiles will not work. they sold Syria junk against Iranian dollars :)
You're so susceptible lebcad. Don't you know that Russia is as much as the US an ally of Israel!? Don't you know your history? It's Russia's absence from the UN that allowed the creation of Israel in 1948.... No one to veto it.
Mowaten, I have Russia blood in my veins, I'm just simplifying here, ya khafeef ;-)
let them be, it is their right to be extremely nervous. they know that the latest Israeli visit to Russia carried with it these assurances. what they are crying about are the lost dollars that iran is spending on junk while its people is hungry.
they know already that hizbushaitan has sealed its fate in its involvement in Syria, and that their end is near.
Assad should make a national speech inviting all fighters in Syria to turn their guns towards Israel!! This will be an excellent move as he will gain all supports from Arabs but anyway his agenda is not to fight Israel but to kill only Syrians who wants freedom.
its all a stategic game between USA and RUSSIA , russia wants the USA to guaranty that QATARI gas will not reach europe through a pipeline crossing turkey to europe.
head of bashar is ready to be delivered if USA accepts the deal,but from what i see ,USA will not accept,qatari gas will be delivered to europe y US companies.
What if Sidon is not Sunni? L'habit (ou le masque) ne fait pas le moine.
you sre a filthy sectarian spreading your hatred against whoever is not of your faith.
you are sick and should seek help.
go say that to the christians of tripoli that they are filth the roar, i m sure they ll appreciate your stupid stereotype...
It's Bachar or Abu Huraira gangsta with orange beard. Anyone with an ounce
of gray cells between the ears will chose for Bachar. Who wants democracy ya?
They help him with the killing and they help him with the propaganda as well. The whole package. Curtesy of the Ayatollah.
So many holes in this s-300 affair... Basic points:
1. you need several systems deployed for a mediocre defense that cannot be countered with jammers
2. you need layers of defense so that an overwhelming force cannot pin down the systems all in one shot.
3. You need cover and protection against land and low altitude flights
What all of this means is that, IF the system ever gets delivered, but not in large quantities, they will have to use it as static defense, which has nothing to do with rebel weapons being delivered by air, and a no fly zone being imposed where rebels are garrisoned or have land superiority...
Maybe it is simply because most of the Sunnis realise that Israel is not an enemy of the Arab people. It is the Shia leaders who keep up the anti-Israel tirades to keep their own people in fear and poverty. A Middle East with peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours would ring about prosperity and hope for a bright future for all in the region.