Israel’s Ynet News is reporting that Russia’s commanders in Syria are “furious” with their Israeli counterparts over the most recent Israeli Air Force strikes on targets in Syria, noting that the “crisis” between the two countries is worsening.
The report states, in part:
“Moscow was raging mad and the Russian liaison officers at the Hmeimim base in Syria were furious with their Israeli counterparts after the IAF's recent attack in Syria, which was confirmed this week by a source in Jerusalem. The source sought to show Israeli determination and put on a false display of the IDF resuming normal activity in Syria against Iranian targets. But the story behind this aerial attack shows the extent of the crisis between Russia and Israel, which began with the downing of a Russian spy plane, and to which no solution has been found so far.”
The attack, which took place “more than a month ago” is assumed to have been meant to test the Russian response in the immediate wake of the downing of the Ilyushin Il-20 spy plane, which resulted in the death of 15 service members. The report states it was conducted in broad daylight and with advance warning to the Russian liaison officers at Hmeimim.
DEBKA reports, however, that Russian Defense Ministry chief spokesman responded to the repeated suggestions this week that Israel has completely resumed its air operations over Syria with a direct warning:
“He said ‘hotheads’ should adequately assess the current situation in the region and refrain from ‘provocative actions on Syrian territory.’ The general also reported that Russian advisers are preparing Syrian military personnel for operating the advanced S-300 air defense systems.”
Russia’s not just warning Israel, though. Also this week, the Russian Defense Ministry also warned that it’s now watching the skies above Syria for an American P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft that it says has been directing terrorist drone missile attacks on its bases. It said that if there are any future attacks, it will shoot down the American aircraft in retaliation.
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