Syria recently shot down a Russian plane while responding to an Israeli airstrike on terrorist targets in Syrian territory, though Russia blames Israel for the incident. Because of this, Ynet News reports, Russia is now supplying advanced anti-aircraft weaponry to the Assad regime:
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday that Moscow will supply an S-300 anti-missile system to Syria within two weeks, following the downing of the Ilyushin IL-20 by the Syrian forces, who tried to repel an IAF attack.
The anti-aircraft unit will reportedly be equipped with Russian tracking and guidance systems, and is intended to "calm down some hotheads" whose actions "pose a threat to our troops," according to Shoigu.
The announcement comes a day after the ministry presented the findings of its investigation into the downing of the Russian reconnaissance plane, which concluded that Israel bears responsibility for the aircraft's shooting down that killed 15 servicemen.
"In 2013, we agreed to stop the transfer of the system to Syria due to an Israeli request. However, through no fault of our own, the situation has changed," the defense minister stressed...