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Russia is set to supply state-of- the art S-300 missiles to the Assad regime in Syria, according to TASS.
A Kremlin spokesman confirmed this saying:
“It should be obvious to everyone that Russia’s actions (aim) at ensuring security for its troops” he said.
He noted “the situation concerning the safety of our troops, our pilots…arose after the Il-20… plane crash over the Mediterranean”
And, he emphasized Russian military experts had concluded “moves by Israeli pilots contributed a lot” to the loss of the Russian aircraft.
He said “…we go by the information that our military experts have, and this has been submitted to the Israeli side”
The decision to supply S-300 missiles to Syria came as a consequence of a Russian electronic surveillance Il-20 being downed on September 17.
Russia admitted that he plane had been mistakenly shot down by a missile from the Syrian side, but accused Israeli pilots of using the Russian aircraft as a cover, to expose it to Syrian missiles.
Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that this action warranted the immediate boosting of Syria’s air defense to the S-300 missile systems which had radio-electronic warfare units that would jam satellite navigation, onboard radars and communication systems of attacking aircraft.
To further underline Russia’s complete commitment to President Assad’s cause, he also said that Russia would equip Syrian with automated control systems, previously supplied only to the Russian armed forces.
How this is read by Israel, the US’s satellite state in the wider Middle East, does not appear to concern Russia, but with the Assad regime now armed to the teeth the endless war paradigm, as in Afghanistan, is being fully played out in Syria.
With the Trump administration bent on confronting Iran in the immediate future for its suspected nuclear ambitions, and China as an economic rival, to both of which countries Russia is currently allied, it appears the world is in for an arms race that will lay waste to the Middle East.
With Russia’s President Putin apparently firm on bowing down before the display of America’s military might and China resolved to stand by Russia, should it come down to battle lines being drawn, it now depends on the positions the opposing nuclear states Pakistan and India will take.
At this juncture India is being wooed by America but it has a long-standing arms relationship with Russia. And in so far as Pakistan is concerned, with the US disinclined to supply it with arms it has moved towards Russia – as well as China for financial relief with the CPEC.
The picture is as yet hazy, but the odds are that if Pakistan and India are able to find common ground, Russia and China will emerge the clear winners in the Middle East and its adjoining regions.