BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Just days after the IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft was downed over the Latakia coast, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that they will be delivering the S-300 missile defense system to Syria.
In a new statement released by Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu, Russia will be delivering the S-300 system to Damascus as part of a new security measure after the downing the of the IL-20 plane.
“In 2013 on a request from the Israeli side we suspended the delivery to Syria of the S-300 system, which was ready to be sent with its Syrian crews trained to use it,” the statement said.
“The situation has changed, and not due to our fault,” Shoigu added.
Moscow accused Israel of failing to inform Russia about its impending attack on targets in Syria, which resulted in a downing of the Russian electronic warfare aircraft by Syrian’s return fire.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the defense ministry to take several measures in response to the incident, the ministry said in a statement on Monday.