Report: Russia to Suspend Sale of S-300 to Syria

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Russian president Vladimir Putin told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during a recent meeting in Moscow that Russia would suspend the sale of the advanced S-300 missile system to Syria.

Israel has long opposed the sale as it complicates missions for the Israeli Air Force.

According to Asharq al-Awsat:

the first deal struck between the Russian and Israeli leaders means that the Syrian army would not control the S-300 air defense system, already installed in northern Syria, and would be banned from using it unilaterally against Israeli jets.

The second deal will see Israel and Russia form a joint committee to oust foreign forces from Syria. An Israeli official said that means:

“Russians would not exert pressure to force the pullout of Iranian forces from Syria, but would keep their double standards to protect their interests.”

In other words, Russia will play both sides.

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