Russian Antisemitism Rears Its Head Over Syria

Syrian official news agency SANA Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks during a news conference in Damascus Syria Saturday

Russian Federation has said Syria shot the plane down shortly after Israeli jets hit a target in the area and blamed Israel for the accident.

He said both sides wanted to avoid a military clash in Syria, noting that the many militaries and other groups operating in the region were making it "very crowded over there in this tiny space".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., September 28, 2018.

In a rapid-fire, unforgiving speech Friday, Sergey Lavrov pounded away at "self-serving" unilateral moves by US President Donald Trump, and assailed crippling Western sanctions against Russian Federation as "political blackmail".

"The S-300 is a complex challenge for the State of Israel".

Russia has started delivering S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syrian forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

He stated this at a press conference in NY, reports the Russian newspaper RBC.

The UN Security Council, which includes Russian Federation and the United States, has mandated UN envoy Staffan de Mistura to get a deal on a new constitution, new elections and a reform of Syria's governance.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton called Moscow's decision a "major mistake". Israel has denied Russian accusations that its jets used Russia's Il-20 for cover during the fateful attack on a storehouse allegedly set to provide weapons to Iran-backed forces.

The two parties had previously agreed to a so-called "deconfliction mechanism" immediately prior to the commencement of Russia's anti-terrorist intervention in Syria in late September 2015 which was created to specifically prevent unfortunate incidents such as this one, but Moscow accused Tel Aviv of failing to abide by its commitments after only informing it 25 out of the more than 200 times that it bombed Syria in the past 18 months.

Syrian rebel forces may be on the verge of defeat in Syria's civil war, but threats to regional peace and stability remain, due to growing Russian and Iranian intervention.

Lavrov said that there are attempts to drag countries into military alliances that contradict the will of their people, affirming that the United States presence in Syria is illegal and contradicts UN resolutions, mainly resolution no. 2254.



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