The claim that the S-300 systems supplied to Syria will allegedly be operated by Iranian military specialists is a mere element of information warfare, Igor Korotchenko, director of the World Trade Center for Russia, said.
The Israeli DEBKAfile portal, citing an anonymous source, said Syria’s S-300 air defense systems would be operated by Iranian experts.
The S-300 systems supplied to Syria will be endowed with Syrian garrisons, which, after finishing the preparation, will begin to operate combat systems,” Korotchenko said.
For him, if the US and Israel want to take advantage of this disinformation to launch a large-scale attack on the S-300 positions, this could lead to a very serious military-political crisis, analogous to the Cuban missile crisis, with all consequences for the perpetrators of the provocation.
The S-300 systems were Russia’s response to the tragedy of the Russian plane Il-20 overthrown in Syria, for which Moscow blamed Tel Aviv as Israeli aircraft attacked Syrian positions at the time of slaughter. In early October the Russian Defense Ministry reported that four S-300 systems had already been delivered to Syria and that the local military would be trained for three months to operate them.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that deliveries of these systems to Damascus were suspended at the request of Israel in 2013.
After supplying Syria with the Russian S-300 systems, the balance of forces will change in favor of countries that do not support aggression against the Arab republic, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin, said.
“I rely on the fact that the balance sheet has really changed in favor of those who consider that there should be no aggressive action against Syria,” said Vershinin.
According to him, the systems were delivered to Syria by order of the Russian president. They will significantly strengthen Syria’s defensive capability, in particular anti-aircraft defense. The vice chancellor thinks that this is better to stabilize the situation.