Oct 6, 2016 Press briefing of the Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov
‘S-300, S-400 air defenses in place’: Russian MoD warns US-led coalition not to strike Syrian army
Video credit Russian MoD
Greetings dear colleagues. Some respectable Western media outlets reported about the leaks from the White House briefings discussing possible air strikes against Syrian Army. History tells us that often this kind of “leaks” happen before the real actions. What’s especially troubling that that this provocations are being initiated by the representatives of the CIA and Pentagon. Back in September they reported to the US President about their control; over the “opposition fighters” and now they are lobbying for a kinetic scenarios in Syria.
I recommend to our Washington “colleagues” to thorough calculate all the possible consequences of the realization of such plans.
Today the Syrian Army is equipped with the air defense complexes effective enough, such as S-200, BUK, and other defense system
Also, we want to remind the American “strategists” that Russia currently has S-400 and S-300 air-defense systems deployed to protect its troops stationed at the Tartus naval supply base and the Khmeimim airbase. The radius of the weapons reach may be “a surprise” to all unidentified flying objects.
It’s important to come back to reality and to realize that Russian air defense system crews are unlikely to have time to determine in a ‘straight line’ the exact flight paths of missiles and then who the warheads belong to. And all the illusions of amateurs about the existence of ‘invisible’ jets will face a disappointing reality,
And finally, the most important…Today the majority of the members of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria are working “on the ground” delivering aid and negotiating with a large number of communities and the members of the armed groups in the most provinces of Syria. It’s due to their efforts 732 towns and villages and hundreds of thousands of Syrian people have returned to normal life. That’s why any air strikes and or missile strikes on the territory controlled by the Syrian government will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen.
In conclusion, I want to remind to those who are “hot under the collar” that after the US September 17th strikes against the Syrian troops that resulted in the deaths of 83 servicemen, we took all the necessary measures, to prevent any of such “mistakes” as to the regard of the Russian military servicemen and objects, and also in regard to the Syrian troops on the territory of the Syrian People’s republic.
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Russia: S-300 missile system deployed to defend Russian naval base in Syria – MoD
Oct 4, 2016
Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov confirmed that an S-300 air defence missile system had been delivered to Syria, while speaking at a briefing in Moscow on Tuesday.
SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian):
“We would like to bring Earnest [US White House spokesperson, Josh Earnest] back down to Earth and to remind the US administration that the result of its the active fighting with ISIS nearly allowed it to occupy the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. Moreover, we cannot get an answer from our US partners – why the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group Jabhat-al-Nusra has been in US favour. US forces failed all ceasefire agreements from September 9 and did not manage to divide members of the so-called opposition from Jabhat-Al-Nusra, allowed terrorists to regroup again and renew their supplies. Isn’t it time for [our] US partners to admit, that almost all of the controlled opposition is under the Al-Qaeda and Jabhat-al-Nusra brand?
The main aim of Russia in Syria has never been changed or hidden: it is a fight against all kinds of international terrorism. Against this background, Russia’s progress can be counted not with complaints but with the reality in Syria. First of all, these are hundreds of towns which are back living a normal life, ten of thousands of metres squared have been liberated from the terrorists and several tonnes of humanitarian aid [sent] for local residents.”
SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “Indeed, the Syrian Arab Republic received an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. This system is designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in [the Syrian city of] Tartus and task force ships located in the coastal area from the air. It is unclear, why the placement of the S-300 caused such a stir in the West. Just to recall, the S-300 is only a protective system and does not pose a [n offensive] danger. Moreover, earlier, there was a similar naval air-defence complex, ‘Fort’, which is based on the Black Sea Fleet battleship ‘Moscow’.”