No plans to target S-300 missiles in Syria : Israeli official
A high-ranking Israeli official said that his country has no plans to target the Russian-made S-300 air defense missiles in Syria as long as they don’t pose a threat to Israel.
“I hope very much that Syria will not misuse these missiles [S-300], because if Syria tries to intercept Israeli aircraft or fighter [jets], we will have to respond. It has already happened and it is not going to be different even if S-300 are involved”, former Israeli deputy chief of staff and ex-head of the National Security Council Gen. Uzi Dayan told Sputnik in an interview.
“We are not going to initiate any attacks on these weapons but at the same time, these weapons do not have any immunity. We hope very much that the coordination between Israel and Russia will continue… We hope that Syrians will not make silly mistakes like it was done with the Ilyushin affair”, Dayan added.
The Israeli official, however, slammed Russia’s decision to deliver the advanced S-300 air defense system to Syria as ‘completely inappropriate’.
Moscow has decided to increase the safety of Russian forces deployed to Syria by boosting the capabilities of Syrian air defenses through delivering the S-300 air defense system.
The decision was taken after the Russian IL-20 warplane was accidentally downs off the Syrian coast; an incident in which Israeli was held completely responsible for.
On October 2, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, told President Putin that the delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria had been completed.