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(photo credit: Avi Ohayon / GPO)
The Russian sale of Yakhnot anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria is a “done deal,”
and Moscow has no intention of scuttling it, the Kremlin told Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Thursday, according to a senior Israeli
According to the source, the Russians said that from
their point of view, Israel enjoyed a clear qualitative military superiority in
the region, and the sale of 20 of the missiles to Damascus would not tip the
The missile deal was signed some two years ago, and
ever since then Israel – to no avail – has turned to numerous officials in
Russia in an effort to cancel the deal.
Israel is concerned that the
missile could end up in Hezbollah’s hands, and that in the Mediterranean Sea the
Yakhnot is an offensive weapon.