The Russian Military Lost Control of the Air Defense System near Its Main Airbase in Syria

(Jerusalem Post) Ely Karmon - On Sep. 19, Pavel Felgenhauer wrote an article in Novaya Gazeta which puts the blame for the downing of the Russian IL-20 spy plane on the Russian side, under the title, "The Jews Are to Blame for Everything!" He wrote: The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) "are practically integrated under the supremacy of the Russian military....The Russian military adviser at the Syrian command post for some reason approved the launch of a long-range S-200 missile near our Khmeimim base." "The command post knew about the scheduled flight of the IL-20 and had to prohibit the launch of the S-200. But it seems that the Russian military has completely lost control of airspace and control of the air defense system in the area of its main base of the UHF Khmeimim, and as a result, in fact, they shot down their own IL-20....The military leadership decided to [blame everything on] the Jews. It's better than being responsible for your own sloppiness." The writer is a senior research scholar at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

2018-09-25 00:00:00

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