Israel doubts Assad possesses S-300 system, but has good reason to worry
Though no one would say the northern border is stable, the balance of deterrence has held there since 2006. But the S-300 could change that, and restrict the IAF’s freedom of action.
Assad's actual comments differed from excerpts the TV station conducting the interview had sent to reporters in a text message on Thursday morning.
In that message, the Al-Manar station owned by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah quoted Assad as saying Syria had already received a first shipment of such missiles. The Associated Press called Al-Manar after receiving the text message, and an official at the station said the message had been sent based on Assad's comments.
In the interview, Assad was asked about the S-300s, but his answer was general.
He said that Russia's weapons shipments are not linked to the Syria conflict. "We have been negotiating with them about different types of weapons for years and Russia is committed to Syria to implement these contracts," he said.
"All we have agreed on with Russia will be implemented and some of it has been implemented recently, and we and the Russians continue to implement these contracts," he said.
Assad also said that his forces will respond to any future Israeli strike on his country.
Israel reportedly struck near the Syrian capital of Damascus earlier this month. Israeli officials said at the time they were targeting suspected shipments of advanced missiles purportedly intended for Hezbollah, a Syria ally.
Asked whether Syria would respond to such strikes, Assad said: "We have told countries that we will respond to any strike with a similar strike." He says that the manner of the response "depends on the circumstance and timing" of the attack.
The entire situation in Mid East is now turning to prove the proverb to the fact “ He who digs ditch for others with evil design falls in the same ditch himself ” Israel wanted and initiated Arab Spring to convert all Muslim countries to democratic rule for it to rule with ease. But now the same bone of contention has got itself struck in its throat not to be extracted without World WarIII whether Assad remains or not.
By its audacious unruly violation of all resolutions of UN so far taking the plea of its Security and fighting to kill innocent Palestinian Muslim with the help of US “WE JEWS CONTROL AMERICA” congress in killing in self defense, has literally shown opening its trouser its private parts to the world community of nations the respect to the UN resolutions.