Russian S-300 deliveries to Syria ‘destabilizing’ – Kerry

s300TEL AVIV, May 23 (RIA Novosti) – The sale by Russia of S-300 air defense systems to Syria would be “destabilizing” for the region, US Secretary State John Kerry said on Thursday.

‘S-300 missiles coming from Russia, or other countries, Iranian missiles, are destabilizing to the region,’ Kerry said. ‘The United States is committed, not only in its defense of Israel, but in its concerns for the region to try to address this issue.’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier this month that Russia would honor a deal with Syria to supply it with S-300 air defense systems.

“Those who do not plan aggressive actions against a sovereign state have nothing to worry about, because means of air defense – and this is clear from the name – are a purely defensive system required to repel air attacks,” Lavrov said.

He also said the deal was signed before Israel planes hit targets in Syria earlier this month.

S-300 is widely acknowledged by defense analysts as one of the world’s most advanced air defense systems. An S-300 battery would ‘provide coverage of much of northern and central Israel if deployed in the south west of Syria for targets other than those at low altitude,’ Douglas Barrie, an air warfare analyst with the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies, told RIA Novosti earlier this month.

The sale of Russian weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has been a source of bilateral tension between Moscow and Washington, with US officials accusing Russia of arming a regime the United States says is killing its own citizens in Syria’s raging civil war.

Last week, Washington criticized Moscow for delivering advanced Yakhont anti-ship missiles to Damascus, and last year called on Russia not to deliver overhauled helicopter gunships to the Assad regime.

Russia, however, has insisted that the deliveries are legal under international law and that it is not supplying Syria, the largest importer of Russian arms in the Middle East, with offensive weapons which can be used to kill civilians.

Source: Global Security

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3 Responses to Russian S-300 deliveries to Syria ‘destabilizing’ – Kerry

  1. Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    It seems, stability, in the views of American and western powers, is to maintain Israel’s military superiority enabling it to attack its neighbors at will while they remain defenseless against such aggression. It looks like such a state of affair is coming to an end, and not a minute too soon.

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  2. Al Einstein September 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Kerry says we are committed to the defense of Israel?

    Israel is a terrorist state that has attacked the USA many times. Every time they attacked the government and jew controlled media covered up the events.

    Israel attacked the USS Liberty killing and wounding over 200 men. The survivors were sworn to secrecy about the attack for over 40 years under threat of prison or death if they spoke to anybody about it.

    Israel staged the Lavon Affair, a string of many terrorist attacks, killing Americans overseas which they blamed on Egypt.

    Israel stage the 9/11 attacks killing 3000 mostly Americans. Jews were warned ahead to stay away from work and only a few jews were reported missing on 9/11, all of whom had taken out huge life insurance policies only months before the attack.

    Sandy Hook was staged by Israeli Mossad. All evidence of the hoax has been classified as state secrets for national security reasons. There are many more murders of Americans by Israel. Many Israeli spies have been caught stealing US top secret projects which Israel has been caught selling to China along with the latest fighter aircraft and military technology.

    Yet all these crimes against the USA and nothing is done to Israel, not to mention total coverup by US government officials, congress and the jew owned media who constantly pound into our heads how great an allie Israel is when in fact they are our most dangerous enemy who also robs us blind.

    I am fed up with Israel and its time for Israel to pay for their crimes against humanity. The zionists use our military to attack peaceful nations that pose no threat to us. Americans die because Israel refuses to shed jew blood. They have stated a fingernail on a jew is worth more than the lives of 1000 non-jews.

    Research the facts, this is all true. It is time to boot the zionists back to hell where they belong.

    Israel is the enemy of all mankind!

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  3. freedomphyter October 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Informed public is what we need! Over the internet and otherwise. CIA and mosad are losing the battle against alternative media, but that’s not enough. The internet is being poisoned with fake anti zionist calls. Zionism is the art of cynical and hidden agendas. Not everyone that says we are anti Zionist is for real!

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