Russia announced Monday that it will supply the Syrian government with modern S-300 missile defense systems following last week's downing of a Russian plane by Syria, a friendly fire incident that send regional tensions over the war-torn country soaring.
But he also repeated Moscow's accusations that Israel was to blame for the crash: "No doubt that according to our military experts, deliberate action by Israeli pilots was the reason for the tragedy and this can not but harm our (Russia-Israeli) ties".
Last week, a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by the Syrian air defenses, which were countering an Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military base in the northwestern province of Latakia.
Moscow has laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of Israel, saying the Israeli jets were intentionally flying close to the Russian plane, leading to the case of mistaken identity and the deadly shootdown that killed 15 Russian troops.
Israel's Channel Two quotes Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov saying that ongoing Israeli airstrikes are harming relations between Israel and Russia, and that Russia's response to the downing of the plane was meant to "increase the security" of Russian soldiers in Syria.
Russian Federation bolstering the Syrian army's bases is not merely limited to air defense systems, with early signs indicating toward a broader security apparatus including radio jamming capabilities to block or interfere with radio communications over said bases according to military experts.
A flurry of shuttle diplomacy by Israeli officials to Russia appeared to be paying off in May, when Russian officials said just days after a visit by Netanyahu that they were not planning on selling the system to Syria.
"In parts of the Mediterranean adjacent to Syria, there will be radio-electronic jamming of satellite navigation, onboard radars and communications systems used by military aircraft attacking targets in Syrian territory", he said.
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Israel has long called on Russian Federation not to provide the S-300 system to Syria and in 2013, the Kremlin agreed to put a deal to deliver them on hold.
Israel denied this version of events and its air force commander flew to Moscow following the incident, which Putin called the result of a "chain of tragic accidental circumstances". It fires missiles from trucks and is created to shoot down military aircraft and short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.
Netanyahu has also scheduled high-level meetings there with U.S. President Donald Trump and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, among numerous others.
The transfer may lead to Israel being more cautious in the short term, Zalzberg said.
According to Nikolai Sokov, a Senior Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, the Russians will now sit on-site at Syrian air defense sites, which Israel frequently bombs.
Putin told Netanyahu that the measures had been taken to prevent any threat to Russian troops in Syria.
Erdogan said both Turkey and Russian Federation would carry out coordinated military patrols on the borders of the buffer zone in a bid to detect and prevent "provocation by third parties and violations of the agreement".
The "adventurism" of the Israeli military could have endangered civilian planes which use the same airspace to land at the nearby Hmeimim aerodrome, the officer said.