Wednesday, May 29, 2013

If Russia completes contract for S-300 missles with Syria- War threatens to Escalate!

Ya'alon: If S-300 shipment leaves, we'll know how to act

Defense minister confirms Russian missile shipment has yet to depart for Syria; says budget cuts entail less training for reserves; Lieberman: Radical axis crossed red lines
Yoav Zitun
05.28.13, 12:26 / Israel News

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon confirmed on Tuesday morning that the S-300 missile shipment from Russia to Syria has yet to leave for its destination.

 He stressed that the missile shipment "is a threat, and I can testify that the deal is not making headway. The shipments have not left yet. Let's hope they won't, and if they do, we'll know how to act."

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Syria signed a contract to buy four S-300 systems in 2010. The deal is worth a reported $800 million. At the request of Israel, Russia postponed delivery of the first batch last year.

The Sunday Times reported that after the alleged Israeli raid on targets near Damascus earlier this month, the Russians were furious, and Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister, said the contract would go ahead.

In a conversation with reporters following a briefing in a Home Front Command base in Ramla, Ya'alon said: "The Home Front Command has drawn many lessons from the last years and is giving the populace ways to deal with wartime events.

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