Russian missile launchers reportedly transferred to Syria

( Advanced Russian missile launchers that Israel was trying to prevent from falling into Syrian hands have been transferred to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper of London reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Netanyahu was in Russia on Tuesday to convince Putin not to sell advanced Russian missile launchers to Syria, but a report says those launchers have already reached Syria. Credit: Presidential Press and Information Office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Russia on Tuesday in an attempt to convince President Vladimir Putin not to sell Syria the Russian missile launchers. But 200 launchers for advanced anti-aircraft S-300 missiles are already in Syrian hands, and Syrian experts have been fully trained to use the launchers and no longer need Russian supervision, according to the Al-Quds Al-Arabi report, which was attributed to a Syrian military official.

Israel fears that Syrian possession of the S-300 system, which is able to intercept drones and cruise missiles, will make future aerial offensives by the Jewish state more difficult, in addition to the possibility of Russian weaponry being obtained by the Hezbollah terror group. Two recently reported Israeli airstrikes on Iranian missiles in Syria were not confirmed nor denied by Israel.

“Anyone who provides weaponry to terror organizations is siding with terror,” Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said Monday, accusing Russia of destabilizing the Middle East by selling weapons to Syria.

Posted on May 14, 2013 .