BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed over the phone, today, the upcoming delivery of the S-300 air defense system and the Idlib demilitarized zone agreement.
According to a report from the state-owned Syrian Arabic News Agency (SANA), the call began with President Assad expressing his condolences over the lost Russian servicemen.
Putin informed Assad that Russia holds Israel responsible for the downing of the IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft, despite Israel’s accusations that the Syrian military was solely to blame.
The Russian President said that this incident requires his nation to improve Syria’s air defense capabilities in order to ensure the safety of their military personnel in Syria.
Per the Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, Russia will be delivering the S-300 system in the next two weeks.
The Kremlin said that this move is in response to the downing of the IL-20 aircraft; however, they said it was not meant to threaten any regional country.