Russia Delivers New S-300 Missile System to Syria

Russia says it has delivered new anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, two weeks after a Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down in the country.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said four S-300s launchers had arrived in Syria on Monday.

Fifteen Russian servicemen died when their Il-20 plane was accidentally downed by Syrian forces during an Israeli air strike in Latakia province.

Russia blamed Israel for the incident – a charge denied by Israel.

Israel, which insists Syria’s military was to blame, has warned that giving the S-300 to “irresponsible actors” would make the highly volatile region even more dangerous.

US national security adviser John Bolton had said Russia’s decision to deliver the S-300s would cause a “significant escalation” in Syria’s civil war and had urged Moscow to reconsider.

Russia has an airbase in Syria from which it carries out air strikes in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

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