It’s 1967 all over again. Russia is arming the Syrians; which almost certainly means that it is supplying Iran and Hizballah as well. Put another log on the fire.
“Russia begins delivery of air defence system to Syria — report,” from Thomson Financial:
MOSCOW (Thomson Financial) – Russia has begun delivery of modern air defence units to Syria while rejecting speculation that some of the weapons could be forwarded secretly to Iran, a newspaper reported on Friday.
‘The first part of the delivery to Syria has started,’ the centrist daily Nezavissimaya Gazeta reported, quoting information from a domestic military information agency.
A spokesman for Russia’s arms export agency Rosoboronexport, contacted by Agence France-Presse, declined to comment on the newspaper report.
The report acknowledged that the delivery of the weapons, the Pantsyr-S1E self-propelled short-range missile air defence system, was particularly sensitive in light of Israeli claims last year that Russian arms sold to Syria had ended up in the hands of militant group Hezbollah.
In May, the London-based arms specialist magazine Jane’s Defence Weekly reported that Syria had agreed to send Iran at least 10 of the Pantsyr units.
That report was categorically denied by a range of top Russian officials including First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.
Crossposted from The American Israeli Patriot.