Le Figaro: Due to Russian inaction, Iran comes to the aid of Damascus


Tehran came to the aid of Damascus and pledged to strengthen Syrian air defense, now unable to withstand Israeli air strikes, writes the oldest French newspaper Le Figaro. This happened, according to the media, due to the inaction of the Russians.


While Russia and Turkey are sorting out their relationship in the Syrian province of Idlib, official Damascus has set about changing priorities. The Syrian authorities are extremely concerned about the ongoing rocket-bombing attacks of the Israeli Air Force on the territory of Syria. Advisor to President Buseyn Shaaban hinted that the signing of an agreement on military-technical cooperation between Damascus and Tehran will change this situation. So she explained the recent visit to the Syrian leadership of a high-ranking delegation of the military from Tehran, led by the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, General Mohammed Bagheri.

The Russian military group in Syria has S-400 air defense systems, but Moscow does not use them against Israeli aviation, observing the agreements with Tel Aviv. The IDF does not touch Russian targets, and Russia does not shoot down Israeli planes. Russian aviation, dominating the skies of Syria, also does not interfere with the Israelis. At the same time, the available SAA SAMs S-300 Damascus is unable to use due to the lack of consent from Moscow. According to sources, these air defense systems are controlled by Russians.

Given this, Damascus is interested in rapprochement with Tehran. In turn, this will strengthen the union of the two countries against Israel and the United States.

Until that time, the IRGC defense systems in Syria, used to defend their facilities, were ineffective. As a result of Israeli air strikes, many Iranian soldiers from the Al-Quds militia were killed.

Israel in every way opposes Iran’s attempts to settle in Syria. Therefore, Tel Aviv is unlikely to calmly observe how the Iranians are building up their air defense and settling near the borders of Israel.
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  1. _AMUHb_ Offline
    _AMUHb_ (_AMUHb_) 16 July 2020 15: 19
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    Not only is a capable frog, but is it us NATO to shoot down Zionist aircraft? Hardly ... however, if the hot Arab “guys” want to fight, why not, we had more losses under Stalingrad (1d) than all their warriors that lasted for decades. To fight with one hand, smoke another hookah, send one foot there, the other here and ..... "warriors" of Islam ...
  2. Satellite Offline
    Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 15: 23
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    The Kremlin has taken the absolutely right position.
    The Russian army in Syria is not to fight against the Turks, Americans or Israel.
    Moscow supported the Assad regime in the fight against Islamic terrorists, at the same time destroying Islamic groups there, staffed by "Russian citizens."
    Moscow has also fulfilled the contract for the supply of S-300 to Syria.
    Otherwise, Russia acts there according to the situation, pursuing its own goals and guided by its national interests.
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 16 July 2020 15: 57
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      Iran hides its weapons from Jews at Russian bases ... apparently, Iran will also shoot down planes. I think the actions of Iran and Russia are agreed.
      1. Satellite Offline
        Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 16: 00
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        Iran hides its weapons from Jews at Russian bases.

        If for a moment we assume that this is true, then this would be classified information, and neither I nor you would know about it.
        1. Sergey Tokarev Offline
          Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 16 July 2020 16: 01
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          About Iranian weapons at a Russian base is no secret.
          1. Satellite Offline
            Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 16: 07
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            About Iranian weapons at a Russian base is no secret.

            I'm not interested in gossip. If you have such information from serious official sources, share it. I will read it with interest.
            1. Sergey Tokarev Offline
              Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 16 July 2020 16: 15
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              And what is a serious official source? CNN, BBC?))) Over the past few weeks, Israel has not been able to openly attack Iranian military transport aircraft, which are actively deploying certain weapons to Syria. The reason for this is the fact that Iranian military transport aircraft land at the Russian military air base "Khmeimim", being protected by S-400.
              1. Satellite Offline
                Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 16: 41
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                Iranian military transport aircraft land at the Russian military air base "Khmeimim", being protected by S-400.

                What does this have to do with Iranian weapons, allegedly located at a Russian base ??
                It could be anything.
                That is, you have no evidence of the presence of Iranian weapons at Russian bases, I understand correctly?
                1. Sergey Tokarev Offline
                  Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 16 July 2020 16: 43
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                  Do they fly empty or do they unload weapons? Those. it is there and from there it is being transported.
                  1. Satellite Offline
                    Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 16: 48
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                    You were asked a specific, and by the way, a polite question:

                    If you have such information from serious official sources, share it. I will read it with interest.

                    If there is something to answer, answer, but no, there’s nothing to argue about.
                  2. Satellite Offline
                    Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 16: 52
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                    So far, the only thing I have found:

                    Israeli TV reported that Iran’s planes import cargo for Hezbollah to the Russian base in Syria

                    Moscow. May 15. INTERFAX.RU - Iranian planes began delivering cargo to the Russian military base Khmeimim in Syria for the formation of the radical Lebanese organization Hezbollah, Israeli television reported citing the Arab media.

                    Do you think this needs to be believed?
              2. 123 Offline
                123 (123) 17 July 2020 13: 42
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                The reason for this is the fact that Iranian military transport aircraft land at the Russian military air base "Khmeimim", being protected by S-400.

                When they began to tell tales of how they were sent to Libya through Khmeimim, I got to look more closely, in general, I found references that Khmeimim used not only Russia, but also Syria, in a video about this from about the 5th minute. So, no wonder if Syria is hosting Iranian planes there.

      2. Arkharov Offline
        Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 16 July 2020 17: 05
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        If this is true, all this is unlikely to end with something good.
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    2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 16 July 2020 19: 51
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      When they betray an ally (Iran), then the losses from distrust at the global level are more significant (for Russia). The answer is simple, most of the top Israeli officials (with Jewish roots) are sitting in the Kremlin, this is the main secret of the agreements and successes of the Israeli IDF ...
      1. Satellite Offline
        Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 21: 23
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        Russia is not at all an ally of Iran. What is an ally in what ???
        Russia cooperates with Iran in Syria within the framework of its interests, no more.
        1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 16 July 2020 21: 28
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          Ally, when joint operations are being conducted without Iranian ground forces in Syria, it would be much more difficult for Russians .... For the rest, I really dislike this, of course, each for its own interests.
          1. Satellite Offline
            Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 21: 36
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            Ally, when joint operations are conducted without Iranian ground forces in Syria, it would be much more difficult for Russians.

            Please do not forget why the Russian military is generally in Syria.
            Yes, in the war against ISIS militants, Russia and Iran had common interests. But on this they end. To fight for Iran, whether against the United States, or Israel, or anyone else, Russia has never signed. Why on earth?
  3. Bakht Offline
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 16 July 2020 17: 55
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    If Israel thought that striking the territory of Syria, he would not receive an answer - then this is naivety. Now let's see how Iranian air defense can deal with NATO aviation. As far as I remember, strikes were made by F-16 aircraft.
    This will be a demonstration of Iran’s capabilities. Much depends on this. Iranians cannot be screwed up.
    1. Satellite Offline
      Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 18: 45
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      Iranians cannot be screwed up.

      And they cannot screw it up because for the Iranians this is not a matter of some kind of prestige, or “wiping their nose,” but a war. But in war, as in war.
      Defending Syria, Iran first of all defends itself. Controlling Syrian territory (sky), the Iranians deprive the Israelis of doing the tricks with them that were done with the Syrians. It’s one thing to shoot rockets with impunity from the territory of neutral states with impunity, and it’s quite another to fly into enemy territory and fight, risking your own lives. But the Iranians, just can take advantage of this experience of the Israelis, only towards Israel.
      In any case, it is better for Russia not to take an active part in this conflict, alien to it, since neither Iran nor Israel are an enemy to Russia.
      1. Bakht Offline
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 16 July 2020 20: 05
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        The issue is not to bring down one or two aircraft. This is a security issue for Iran itself.
      2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 16 July 2020 21: 37
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        And where were the S-300s delivered to Syria when Israel bombed and the Syrian troops ... What does the Russian Armed Forces look like when the Israeli Air Force unhindered allows the bombing of allies, Syrians and Iranians ... This is called the ALLIED TRAITION in Syria and the world community, especially the Middle East appreciated such a betrayal, nullifying all the attempts of the Russian Federation in Syria, equating the Russian Armed Forces to Israeli satellites. Newspapers wrote about this, but, of course, there was no information for us; they were not taught to read in Arabic ...
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          Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 21: 48
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          But how do we know where the S-300s were?
          Just as we don’t know for what specific purpose these S-300s are there, just as we don’t know whether the Syrians have learned to use them?
          Once again: Russia is there with a completely different mission. Russia was not authorized to fight on the side of the Syrians with everyone in a row.
          Russia has fulfilled the set task, as well as the undertaken obligations - to support Assad in the fight against Islamic militants.
          The further presence of Russian troops in Syria is associated with purely their own Russian interests - Russian military bases. Here they are, if necessary, Russia will defend. The leadership of Russia did not set other tasks for the Russian military.
          1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 16 July 2020 22: 01
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            Are you friends with your head? According to your statements, a psychiatrist is needed, so many illogisms ... What can not be said in defense of his native Israel ...
            1. Satellite Offline
              Satellite (Satellite) 16 July 2020 22: 09
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              Are you friends with your head? According to your statements, a psychiatrist is needed, so many illogisms ... What can not be said in defense of his native Israel ...

              I don’t understand where such aggression comes to me from. Do not be friends with your head, apparently, you, if you do not even understand the meaning that I wrote. Where and in what place do I uphold the interests of Israel ??
              Read carefully, then you will not need to arrange such tantrums here.
              1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 July 2020 14: 16
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                Just as we don’t know for what specific purpose these S-300s are there, just as we don’t know whether the Syrians have learned to use them?
                Once again: Russia is there with a completely different mission. Russia was not authorized to fight on the side of the Syrians with everyone in a row.
                The task set, as well as the commitments undertaken, is to support Assad in the fight against Islamic militants ...

                I explain: Syria BOUGHT S-300 (for shooting at sparrows, in your opinion) for its defense ... The contract is supposed to teach how to use everything, and until then there are instructors there, if necessary, they can take over control ... Russia mission under the CONTRACT to help the Syrian government to defend itself from all aggression (here the Israeli one falls as well) ... Is it not clear that without defending B. Assad, there will be no bases, etc. - clarification for the slow-witted (I wanted to express myself more strongly) ...
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                  Satellite (Satellite) 17 July 2020 23: 40
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                  I explain: S-300 Syria bought (for shooting at sparrows, in your opinion) for its defense ...

                  S-300 can be designed specifically for the protection of some particularly important strategic objects. Well, or a government palast, for example. This is my personal guess.

                  The contract is charged to teach everything to use

                  Teach, apparently. It takes time.

                  and until then there are instructors, in need they can take control ...

                  I don’t even want to answer this nonsense. The instructors have other tasks there.

                  Russia's mission under the CONTRACT to help the Syrian government protect itself from all aggression (here Israel falls) ...

                  Who told you this?))

                  Russia's military operation in Syria - the participation of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation in military operations against the terrorist groups Al-Qaida, the Islamic State and Jebhat al-Nusra on the side of government forces and pro-government militias during the civil war in Syria since September 2015 to the present.

                  Here is the mission of Russia, announced officially. No more, no less.
                  Like you, give free rein, you will unleash a world war from the third bottle of beer)))

                  clarification for the dull (wanted to express myself more strongly) ...

                  Have you been taught to express yourself strongly in your vocational school? So you are apparently not quite at the address here.
                  On this site, people are mostly educated, and cultural.
            2. Arkharov Offline
              Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 17 July 2020 14: 05
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              The problem with the modern world is that smart people are full of doubts, but id ... you are overflowing with confidence.
              1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 July 2020 14: 23
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                In philosophy, doubts are necessary; in politics, doubts are the direct road to defeat (from Leninist retelling) ...
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                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 17 July 2020 14: 27
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                  Do you consider yourself a philosopher? And what about Lenin's “retelling”, a guide to action? Seen by your comments ....
                  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 July 2020 14: 36
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                    When there are no arguments on the topic, they switch to personalities - an unsightly indicator ...
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                      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 17 July 2020 16: 13
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                      Are you friends with your head? According to your statements, a psychiatrist is needed, so many illogicals ...

                      - and this is not a personalization on your part? You seem to have severe psychological and behavioral problems.
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      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 16 July 2020 19: 32
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      I think screwed up.
  4. Siberian southerner (Sergey A) 16 July 2020 18: 49
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    Expectant tactics, let them fight. We came to tyrannize the barbarians, and not solve the issues of other states. It will be necessary - we will knock everything down, but for now we are observing, we shoot at drones. In general, if you really need to, you can also take a break from the Caspian. There is time, it plays on us.