According to the Arabic-language edition of the British newspaper, The Independent, Russia has prevented Israeli strikes on at least three Syrian military installations and threatens to shoot down Israeli fighter jets using its S-400 missile defense system and Russian Fighter Jets stationed in Syria.
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The source cited in the report claims a similar situation has happened twice – and that during August, Moscow stopped an airstrike on a Syrian outpost in Qasioun, where an S-300 missile battery is placed.
Moreover, it was claimed that another airstrike was planned for a week later on a Syrian outpost in the Qunaitra area and a third one on a sensitive area in Latakia.
This development is what pushed Netanyahu to have his quick visit to Russia to try and convince Putin to ignore Israel’s attacks in Syria. According to the Russian source, Putin let Netanyahu know that his country will not allow any damage to be done to the Syrian regime’s army, or any of the weapons being given to it, because giving such a permission would be seen as giving Israel leniency – something that contradicts Russia’s goal of assisting the Syrian regime.
Although the Israeli prime minister failed to convince Putin. The Russian leader told Netanyahu that Moscow would not allow attacks against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because it would look like collusion between Russia and Israel, which would deal a blow to Moscow’s relations with its allies in the region.
Now Israel has to revise the list of targets in Syria and Iraq, the newspaper notes.
The Independent also reported on Putin’s displeasure with Israel’s recent actions in Lebanon. During his conversation with the Israeli prime minister, the Russian President made it clear that Moscow has a very negative attitude towards any violations of Lebanese sovereignty.
“Putin, having the impression that he was being deceived with regards to the issue of Syria and Lebanon, made it clear that this would not go unnoticed, and warned Netanyahu that Israel should not strike the targets mentioned in the conversation,” the Independent writes.
As we have recently reported RuASF has deployed for the second time to Hmeimim Air Force Base, two Su-57 Frazor stealth fighters earlier this month. According to Krasnaya Zvezda, the official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense the primary goal of the redeployment is a renewed demonstration of the latest Russian combat aircraft acting under “real-war conditions”.
The new Su-57 deployment coincides with intensive operations aimed at a large-scale reconstruction and improvement of the infrastructure of the Hmeimim airbase, which has been going on since early May 2019.
As told by Russian senator Frantz Klintsevich, these reconstruction works meant Russia would
transform Hmeimim from a temporary structure to a permanent base.