Steinitz: S-300 can be used by Syria to hit civilian planes

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May 28, 2013 10:47

 
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International Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz warned that the S-300 anti-aircraft system which Russia is set to send to Syria can also potentially be used as an offensive weapon to shoot down Israeli civilian planes over Tel Aviv.

Speaking at an Israel Project conference, Steinitz accused Russia of "encouraging support to a brutal regime" by completing the sale of the S-300 system while Assad was slaughtering his own civilians.

He said that the advanced weapons platform could end up in the hands of the wrong rebel groups or make its way to Assad's Iranian allies. Steinitz stated that Israel still hoped to convince Russia to suspend the sale of the S-300 to Syria.

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