Russia to deploy missiles in Syria
- 'Russia to deploy missiles in Syria'
Report: Russia plans to deploy Iskander missiles in Syria
Russia plans to place its advanced missile systems in Syria to
counter US and Israeli interventions in South Ossetia, an Israeli
DEBKAfile said in a report on its website that Moscow appears to be
eying Poland, the Middle East, and possibly Ukraine, as the main
arenas for its reprisals against Israel and the US for supplying arms
to the Georgian army.
"The retaliatory plan includes the establishment of big Russian
military, naval and air bases in Syria and the release of advanced
weapons systems including, the S-300 air-missile defense system, and
the nuclear-capable Iskander to Syria," the report said on Tuesday.
It further said that Russia is arming warships, submarines and long-
range bombers in the Baltic and Middle East with nuclear warheads.
Reacting to the report it said Israel's army should revamp its anti-
missile defense array and Air Force assault plans for the third time
in two years.
The chairman of the Israeli Knesset foreign affairs and defense
committee, Tzahi Hanegbi, slammed Ehud Olmert's plan to cut military
budget, claiming that the regime faces grave confrontations in the
Meanwhile, the official Syrian SANA news agency reported on Tuesday
that President Bashar Assad pays a visit to Russia on Wednesday at
the invitation of his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.
Russia has condemned both Israel and the US for their alleged role in
arming the Georgian army with sophisticated weapons and elite
training to face Russian troops in South Ossetia.
Syria: Time ripe for Russia military ties
Russia's BUK-M1 medium-range surface-to-air missile system
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the conflict in the Caucuses
underlines the need for Russia and Syria to expand military ties.
In an interview with Kommersant, President al-Assad said Damascus is
prepared to 'speed up' defense cooperation with Moscow.
"I think that everyone in Russia and in the world is now aware of
Israel's role and its military consultants in the Georgian crisis,"
said President al-Assad, who will meet his Russian counterpart,
Dmitry Medvedev, on Thursday.
Such deals would irk Washington and Tel Aviv, which have long asked
Moscow not to sell weapons to countries that share borders with the
Reports, however, indicate that Russia is eager to revive its defense
ties with Syria following the South Ossetian conflict, in which
Georgia used Israeli-supplied equipment.
An Israeli website reported that Moscow plans to deploy advanced
missile systems - including the S-300 air-missile defense system as
well as the nuclear-capable Iskander missiles - in Syria in the near
A Russian official was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying that
a number of deals involving anti-aircraft and anti-tank missile
systems are being prepared by Russia and Syria.
"Damascus is Moscow's long-standing partner in military cooperation
and we are expecting to reach an agreement in principle on new
weapons deals," said the source.
The official added that the Syrians are interested in acquiring
Russia's Pantsyr-S1 Air Defense Missile systems, BUK-M1 surface-to-
air medium-range missile system, military aircraft, and other
Russia has condemned both Israel and the US for their role in arming
the Georgian military with sophisticated weapons.
Israel claims it has not directly equipped or trained the Georgian
military, and private Israeli firms - with the defense ministry's
approval- are responsible for such dealings.
Russia sends aircraft carrier to Syria
The Russian aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov" is ready to head
from Murmansk towards the Mediterranean and the Syrian port of
Tartus. The mission comes after Syrian President Bashar Assad said he
is open for a Russian base in the area.The "Admiral Kuznetsov", part
of the Northern Fleet and Russia's only aircraft carrier, will head a
Navy mission to the area. The mission will also include the missile
cruiser "Moskva" and several submarines, Newsru.com reports.
President Assad in meetings in Moscow this week expressed support to
Russia's intervention in South Ossetia and Georgia. He also expressed
interest in the establishment of Russian missile air defence
facilities on his land.
The "Admiral Kuznetsov" also last year headed a navy mission to the
Mediterranean. Then, on the way from the Kola Peninsula and south, it
stopped in the North Sea where it conducted a navy training exercise
in the immediate vicinity of Norwegian offshore installations.
Russia: NATO interference means war
Russia's ambassador to NATO has warned that any military interference
in the Caucasus conflict will be considered as declaration of war.
In an interview with the Russian newspaper Vremya Novostei, Dmitry
Rogozin, warned that any NATO attack on the Moscow-backed regions
would "mean a declaration of war on Russia."
This is while the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held talks with
the Chinese President Hu Jintao in Tajikistan ahead of the summit of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is taking place on
Medvedev, "informed his Chinese colleague about the situation in
South Ossetia and Abkhazia," AFP reported. The two men also discussed
regional and international issues.
Russia's Dmitry Medvedev (L) China's Hu Jintao (R)
The SCO is an intergovernmental organization which was founded in
2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran holds an observer status in the SCO.
This year's summit will also be attended by the presidents of the
above mentioned nations on August 28.
Russian bombers conduct patrols along South American coast
MOSCOW, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - The two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack
strategic bombers that landed in Venezuela last week have
successfully carried out a patrol mission along the South American
coast, a Russian Air Force spokesman said on Tuesday. (Russian
strategic bombers - Image gallery)
"The aircraft took off from the Libertador airbase in Venezuela on
Monday and flew along the South American coast toward Brazil," Lt.
Col. Vladimir Drik said.
The bombers landed back at the Latin American base after a six-hour
"The flight was performed in strict accordance with international
rules on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating
the borders of other states," the spokesman said.
The Tu-160 Blackjack is a supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber,
designed to strike strategic targets with nuclear and conventional
weapons deep in continental theaters of operation.
According to the spokesman, the bombers are carrying dummy missiles
without warheads and their primary mission is to practice patrol
sorties in a tropical climate.
Drik earlier said that following the training mission, the Tu-160
crews would meet with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The bombers
are set to leave Venezuela on Thursday and head back to their base in
"The aircraft will take off from an airfield near Caracas on
September 18 and conduct a 15-hour return flight to Russia. Their
landing at a base in Engels [Saratov Region] is scheduled for
September 19," Drik said.
Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific,
Atlantic and Arctic oceans last August, following an order signed by
then-President Vladimir Putin. Russian bombers have since carried out
more than 90 strategic patrol flights and have often been escorted by
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in mid-August that the
Bush administration was unhappy with flights by Russian strategic
bombers near U.S. borders and accused Moscow of playing a "dangerous
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