Israel: Russia-Syria S-300 Sale Still On

(Times of Israel) Gavriel Fiske and Ron Friedman - A senior Israeli official on Sunday denied a report that Jerusalem and Moscow have struck a deal under which Russia would withhold a Syrian-bound shipment of advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. Reports of this cancellation have "no basis in reality," the official said. "It's a fairy tale. There was no agreement between Putin and Netanyahu." Still, the official assessed, "It's likely that the Russians will try to stall for time and use this as a bargaining chip without following through on the deal [with Syria]." Prime Minister Netanyahu and his national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, explained to Putin that planes landing or taking off from Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv would be within the 200-km. range of the S-300 system.

2013-05-27 00:00:00

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