Syrian Opposition Confirms Netanyahu’s Allegations on Iran Buildup with Russian S-400 Missile Protection
Russian satellite batteries near an Iranian missile plant in north-western Syria
The Syrian opposition website Zaman Al Wasl earlier this week reported that Russia has built a base for its S-400 long-range air defense missile systems in Hama province, 10 miles from the newly discovered Iranian missile facilities in an area considered the most loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres that Iran is building sites to produce precision-guided missiles in Syria and Lebanon, with the aim of using them against Israel.
Netanyahu said Iran is turning Syria into a “base of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel,” and is busy “building sites to produce precision-guided missiles towards that end, in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the UN should not accept.”
The Russians have denied a rumor that during Netanyahu’s Visit to the Kremlin last week, he and President Vladimir Putin had a serious disagreement over Israel’s intent to go after those Iranian facilities. The Russians later denied the tiff, even though Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this week openly warned Israel—while not naming names—against such a move.
S-400 being fired