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Israel working to reduce threat of Russia missile system in Syria

October 2, 2018 at 9:42 am

Russia’s plan to give Syria it’s S-300 anti-aircraft missile system poses a “complex challenge” for Israel, a senior military official said yesterday.

Israel is now working to reduce the threat posed by the technology rather than prevent it being delivered to Syria.

“The S-300 is a complex challenge for the state of Israel,” the official told the Times of Israel. “We are dealing with the [decision] in different ways, not necessarily by preventing shipment,” he added.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin recognises that providing this system to Syria makes the “playing field very large”, he added.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Russia’s delivery of the S-300 defence system to Syria as “irresponsible” but stressed that Israel is to continue its cooperation with Moscow regarding its operation in Syria.