Has Syria already received S-300 missile defense system?

Russia claims Israel used their military plane as a shield to hide from Syrian air-defense, which Israel said fired wildly without identifying whether its target was Israeli or Russian.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks through the porthole while aboard the presidential plane on December 11, 2017, during the approach to the Russian air base in Hmeimim in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia.

On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Moscow is giving the Syrian military an air defense system to "significantly increase their combat capabilities".

But he also repeated Moscow's accusations that Israel was to blame for the crash: "No doubt that according to our military experts, deliberate action by Israeli pilots was the reason for the tragedy and this can not but harm our (Russia-Israeli) ties".

He also said he disagreed with the Israeli version of events concerning the downing of the Russian plane.

Russian Federation launched its campaign in Syria to support President Al Assad in 2015, and though the involvement turned the tide of war in favour of Syrian government forces, Moscow has since tried to play a careful balancing act, maintaining good ties both with Iran and Israel.

President Trump's top advisor on national security matters also reiterated his warning that any future chemical weapons attack attributed to the Syrian military - a basis already cited twice for recent United States airstrikes on Syria - would be met with a harsh response.

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"Russia in this case is acting in its interests only, these actions are not directed against third countries, but towards defending our own military", he said. It has long lobbied Moscow not to provide the S-300 system to Syria.

Data gleaned from the S-400 air defense system deployed at the Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria's Latakia province has revealed that the Syrian anti-air missile was, in fact, targeting an Israeli F-16 jet before it abruptly altered its course and eventually hit the Russian aircraft.

The Russian-made system, made up of radar arrays and missile launchers, offers long-range protection against both fighter jets and missiles.

Moscow says Israeli F-16 planes which struck Latakia in western Syria on September 17 later used the landing Russian Il-20 surveillance plane as "cover", which resulted in the larger Il-20 being hit by a Syrian missile.

According to the halturnerradioshow.com, nearly seven Ilyushin Il-76 military transporters of Russian Air Force have arrived at Khmeimim military airbase on 22 September. A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman described Israel's actions leading to the shoot-down last week as "ungrateful", given what he said were Russian accommodations to Israeli requests, including relocating Iranian troops from the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and providing Russian patrols in the area.

Nevertheless, the Israeli military said that it would continue to operate against Iran and Hezbollah in Syria and that it hoped its coordination efforts with Russian Federation continued.

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