Israel says "checking" report Syria received Russian S-300

JERUSALEM Thu May 30, 2013 3:40am EDT

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is looking into reports on Thursday that Syria had received the first shipment of the advanced Russian air defense system S-300, an Israeli official said.

"I have no information beyond what has been reported, which we are looking into," the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity, after a Lebanese newspaper quoted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as saying a shipment had arrived.

Israel, which has made veiled threats to prevent S-300 missiles from becoming operational in Syria, has lobbied the Russians against the sale and said on Tuesday that shipments had not yet been made. Israel's airspace would be within range of the system if it is deployed in Syria, a northern neighbor.

(Writing by Dan Williams, Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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matthewslyman wrote:
For this to have happened so quickly after recent diplomatic activity, I think the S-300 missiles must already have been sitting in the port of Tartus against the contingency of the deal being approved.

May 30, 2013 7:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rgbviews wrote:
The S-300s are DEFENSIVE weapons. Apparently no other ME country has the right to defend itself …… just Israel. Taking out defensive weapon installations cannot be defined as pre-emptive prevention of attack. It would be clearly defined as an Israeli act of war.

May 30, 2013 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rgbviews wrote:
I sure hope Obama is telling Netanyahu to take his finger off the trigger.

May 30, 2013 10:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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