BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – The Russian Armed Forces in Syria have put their S-400 air defense system on alert to deal with potential Israeli Air Force incursions inside the country, defense analyst and author Babak Taghvaee reported on Friday.
The Russian Armed Forces have been reported to have intercepted and blocked the Israeli Air Force from conducting airstrikes in areas where the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is present.
In particular, the Russian Air Force has deployed their Su-35 jets to areas where Israeli warplanes are reported to be targeting; this has allegedly prevented the latter from carrying out their strikes.
According to Taghvaee, the Russian Air Force may allow Israel to attack Hezbollah and Iranian targets in Syria; however, they take a different approach when it comes to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
However #Russians have always given green light to #Israel to attack #IRGC & #Hezbollah targets across #Syria, but seems they can't tolerate any airstrike against #Syria Arab Army in #Latakia & specially near #Tartus Naval facility & #Hmeimim Air Base! pic.twitter.com/7hhHlwECnJ
— Babak Taghvaee – Μπάπακ Τακβαίε – بابک تقوایی (@BabakTaghvaee) September 20, 2019
Furthermore, Taghvaee highlighted the most recent incidents in which Russian jets reportedly blocked Israeli warplanes from bombing Syria on September 18th and 19th.
A source from the Syrian Armed Forces confirmed to Al-Masdar that the Russian military has taken a more aggressive approach to these airstrikes.
The Syrian military source said the Russian Armed Forces have taken this approach to protect their assets in Syria, which are all located in areas controlled by the Syrian Army.
This story has been heavily reported in the Russian media and it was recently discussed in the publication Independent Arabia, which said the Russian Air Force intercepted Israeli warplanes on three occasions since late August.
Neither Israel nor Russia has commented on these claims, but reports surfaced shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Moscow refused to allow Tel Aviv free reign over Syria’s airspace.