Syria is negotiating to buy missile defense systems from Russia to defend itself agaist Israeli and American attacks.
“It is natural for us to negotiate with the Russians now with a view to strengthening (our) systems, whether to face any Israeli threats from the air or the threats of American missiles,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview to Venezuelan channel Telesur. The interview was published on Syrian Arab News Agency Thursday.
“That has become a real possibility after the recent American aggression on al-Shayrat airbase in Syria. Israel has been committing aggressions on the Arab states surrounding it since its creation in 1948,” Assad added.
The US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Syrian government airfield April 6, this year evening as retaliation to April 5’s deadly chemical attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime in a rebel-held area.
Russia suspended a 2015 agreement aimed at avoiding mid-air collisions in the Syrian airspace after US launched missile strikes against the Syrian Shayrat army airbase and also said that it would beef up Syrian defences.
“To protect Syria's most sensitive infrastructure, a complex of measures will be implemented in the near future to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces’ air defense system,” Russian defense spokesperson Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying by Press TV, a day after the attacks.
Last Saturday too, Viktor Ozerov, the chairman of the defense committee in the Federation Council, said Moscow would not hesitate to supply Damascus with the air defense missile systems it needs to protect war-ravaged Syria against any future foreign military aggression once a bilateral agreement is reached.
Senior Israeli defense officials have said that Syria's Bashar al-Assad is possessing up to 3 tons of chemical weapons. "100 percent certain that the attack was 'directly ordered and planned by Assad'," Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on April 6,
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) has struck down a military aircraft in the northern Hama region Sunday. The FSAs ‘Jaysh Al-Nasr targeted the Hama Military Airport firing more than 40 grad rockets destroying a MIG-23 fighter jet parked near one of the targeted ammunition depots,
US-led coalition has bombed Daesh depot stores and chemical weapons in Deir ez-Zor on Wednesday, the Syrian General Staff said. "The jets of the so-called US-led coalition launched a strike at about 17:30-17:50 on a Daesh warehouse where many foreign fighters were present, proving that terrorists possess chemical weapons," the Syrian military was quoted as saying by
Syrian Su-22 warplanes took off from ‘Shayrat airbase on Friday hours after it was struck by the 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles. Friday's strikes have left small damage
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A USAF F/A-18 fighter jet, part of the US-led coalition shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 on a bombing mission against anti-government forces. The US led coalition said that it dropped bombs on American backed forces fighting Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria
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Russian armed forces showcased the newly developed Tor-M2DT short-range air defense missile systems and Pantsir-SA surface-to-air missile system for the first time in a public event during Russias Victory Day parade today. Designed to operate in the Arctic, Tor-M2DT and Pantsir-SA were mounted on Vityaz articulated tracked vehicles, which proved to be highly successful in getting the systems over Arctic-style hummocky ground during trials, Sputnik reports
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