After plane downed, Russia to give Syria advanced S-300 anti-aircraft system

Moscow will also jam radars of military planes striking from Mediterranean; Kremlin claims ‘premeditated’ action by Israeli pilots caused destruction of aircraft.

In this August 27, 2013, photo, a Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, file)

By TOI staff and Agencies – Today, 12:32 pm

The Russian defense ministry said Monday that President Vladimir Putin will outfit the Syrian military with its sophisticated S-300 air defense system and jam radars of military planes striking from off the coast of the Mediterranean, in the wake of the downing of a Russian spy plane by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli strike last week.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday said the incident was caused by “premeditated” actions by Israeli pilots, warning that this will harm relations between the two countries. “According to information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots which certainly cannot but harm our relations,” Peskov told journalists.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement that the incident “has pushed us to adopt adequate response measures directed at boosting the security of Russian troops” in Syria.

“[Russia will] transfer the modern S-300 air defense system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks,” he said.

Putin has ordered several measures in response to the incident, the defense ministry said.

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