Contents tagged with Syria

  • Russia unveils its losses in Syrian war

    During three years of military operations in Syria, Russia lost 112 people, stated the former Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the chair of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Viktor Bondarev, reports Interfax.

    According to Bondarev, almost half of these losses are due to the An-26 crash and downed IL-20.

    "At the moment, the total loss of our armed forces in Syria is 112 people. In regards to the equipment, we have lost 8 aircraft, 7 helicopters, and …

  • Russian cargo planes deliver S-300 missile systems to Syria

    Over the last two days, three Russian Air Force An-124−100 Ruslan cargo planes flew to Khmeimim airbase in Syria, reports Eurasia Daily. The planes flew over the Caspian Sea and then Iran and Iraq. According to the reports, seven more IL-76 military cargo planes landed in Khmeimim airbase during this past week.

    On September 24, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu announced that Russia would begin deliveries of S-300 systems to Syria. The Russian decision to send these systems to Syria came …

  • Media: Israel provides evidence that it was not involved in Russian Il-20 crash

    “Images showing the locations of the air targets from the radar screen", which the Russian Defense Ministry used as a proof of Israel’s responsibility in the Il-20 crash, were fabricated, writes the Haaretz newspaper referring to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sources.

    The IDF said that on September 17, four Israeli F-16 fighters fired missiles at the target in the Syrian province of Latakia from the airspace east of Cyprus at 21:42. Four minutes before that, at 21:38, the Israelis warned the …

  • Lavrov: Russia started supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria

    Moscow has already started delivering the S-300 Russian anti-aircraft missile systems to Damascus, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference in New York, reports RBC news agency.

    "The S-300s have already begun to arrive in Syria," said the head of the ministry noting that, in accordance with the president's [Putin] order, deliveries began "immediately after the incident" with Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea.

    Lavrov assured that Moscow will …

  • Israel promises to destroy Russian S-300 missile systems in Syria if they are used against Israeli aircraft

    Defense Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman said that any anti-aircraft systems that fire at Israel’s aircraft will be destroyed. “If someone starts shooting at our aircraft, we will destroy them. And we don’t care if it was S-300 or S-700,” he said.

    Meanwhile, according to Lieberman, Israel is not very worried about the presence of Russian S-300 missile systems in Syria. “The most important thing is that the defense systems supplied by Russia to Syria are not  used against us,” the minister …

  • US State Department concerned that Russia’s S-300 missile systems will threaten US troops in Syria

    US administration believes that Russia supplying Damascus with an S-300 ground-to-air missile defense system will only increase the tension in the region and pose a threat to the US military personnel in Syria. This was noted by a US State Department spokeswoman, who commented on Moscow’s decision to reinforce Syria’s anti-air defense systems. The decision was made in connection with the accidental loss of a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane to friendly fire in Syria last week.

    “Russia …

  • Russia decides to arm Syria with S-300 missile systems after Il-20 incident

    After Syrian anti-air defense systems mistakenly downed a Russian Il-20 while trying to repel an Israeli air strike on Latakia, Russia has decided to send a S-300 system to Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu announced.

    “Over the course of two weeks, the Syrian Armed Forces will be delivered a modern S-300 ground-to-air missile system. It can intercept aerial means of attack at a distance of more than 250 km, and can take out several air targets at once,” Shoygu noted.

    “I emphasize …

  • Il-20 crash will not affect Israeli strategy in Syria

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that it is not responsible for the destruction of the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane and did not use the plane as cover during its attack on Syria, Interfax reports.

    “Israel’s fighters did not hide behind the Russian plane, and were in Israeli air space when the plane crashed,” the IDF’s official statement reads.

    The situation surrounding the downing of the Il-20 over Syria will not change Israel’s plans to make air raids against the pro-Iranian …

  • Russian Defense Ministry publishes details of Il-20 crash in Syria

    Russia’s Defense Ministry has reaffirmed its accusation that Israel was responsible for the downing of the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane close to Syria’s Latakia. On September 23, the department’s official spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov presented a by-the-minute account of what happened over Latakia based on radar data, Deutsche Welle reports.

    “The presented objective data is evidence that the actions of the Israeli fighter pilots, which led to the deaths of 15 Russian soldiers, …

  • Israel: downing of IL-20 which resulted in death of 15 Russians was caused by 'indiscriminate firing' by the Syrian air defense

    On September 20, Israeli Defense Forces delegation led by Air Force Commander Major-General Amikam Norkin arrived in Moscow with a report regarding the Russian Il-20 crash in Syria.

    According to ‘The Times of Israel’, after Moscow’s accusations, the Israeli government made "full-scale diplomatic efforts" to resolve the situation fearing to lose close cooperation with the Russian military in Syria. In particular, Israel took unusual actions by openly acknowledging the fact of carrying out the …