WASHINGTON – A senior U.S. general on Thursday sharply criticized Russia’s deployment of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system in Syria, saying it was a needless escalation and a knee-jerk response to last month’s downing of a Russian military aircraft there, Reuters reports.
Army General Joseph Votel, who oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East, said the deployment also appeared to be an effort by Moscow to help shield “nefarious activities” by Iranian and Syrian forces in the country.
“The S-300 deployment appears to be an effort to cover for Iranian and Syrian regime nefarious activities in Syria. So, again, I think this is a needless, needless escalation. Our forces here have been operating under a latent anti-air threat for some time and we will continue to do so.
We believe they (Iran) are moving lethal capabilities into Syria that threaten neighbors in the region.” ~ Army General Joseph Votel
On Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that as part of the deliveries of the S-300 systems to Syria Moscow had also handed over 49 units of equipment to the Syrian party in order to enhance the safety of the Russian servicemen in the country.
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Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded to the termination of the treaty and promised that the United States will fall and crumble under the hand of Iran. Which can read Iran’s response to the United States by clicking here.
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