On October 3, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters during a press conference that the delivery of S-300 long-range air defense systems to Syria is a “serious escalation,” according to the Jerusalem Post. Pompeo’s statement is the first official response from the U.S. on the matter.
A day earlier, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced that several S-300 systems were delivered to Syria along with other military equipment in order to insure the safety of Russian service members in the country. The decision to supply Syria with this advanced system was taken after the downing of the Russian Il-20 intelligence plane off Syrian coast last month.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel is not happy with the delivery of the S-300 systems to Syria. Lieberman even vowed that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) will continue its operations in the war torn country while claiming that Israel has no other options.
In the worst-case scenario for Israel, the S-300 will not only limit the IAF’s operations in Syria, but will also pose a serious threat to the U.S. and its allies, if they attempt to strike Syrian government forces again.