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26 April 2018

On Monday, the Russian daily Kommersant reported that Moscow was getting closer to delivering its S-300 missile defense system to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, despite Israel's efforts to prevent it. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman responded by saying that if the powerful S-300 was used against Israeli jets, the system would be destroyed.

The Syrian air defense was able to successfully shot down 46 cruise missiles that the US, France and the United Kingdom fired at it on April 14, a senior Russian military commander says, rejecting American claims that all of the missiles hit their targets.

The Russian military has indicated it will supply the Syrian government with a sophisticated air defence system, after condemning a missile attack launched by the US, Britain and France earlier in April. Undoubtedly, Israel's attack on Syria's T-4 base, where people were killed, should be considered an aggressive act as well, the political scientist told Pravda.Ru. Washington claimed that the majority hit their designated targets, however, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, 71 out of the 103 missiles had been intercepted by the Syrian air defenses.

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CBS evening news' April 12 headline was United States "looking for actual evidence" of Syria chemical attack. "We are concerned they may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW fact-finding mission to conduct an effective investigation".

While Israel has adopted an official policy of non-intervention in Syria's eight year civil war, it repeatedly warned that it will not allow its arch-foe Iran to entrench itself militarily in the region nor will it allow the passage of weapons to Iranian-proxies in Syria.

The Red Cross head said that the surge was probably in part linked to Syrians returning to "precariously stable" areas where combat had faded and that requests came from Syrians displaced inside Syria and overseas. However, this was only limited to Russian military bases.

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The U.S. ambassador to the OPCW, Ken Ward, alleged that Russians had already visited the site and said, "It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site".

"We assess that over 40 surface-to-air missiles were employed by the Syrian regime", McKenzie said. Israel then retaliated by destroying Syrian anti-aircraft batteries. But the question of providing S-300 air defense systems to Syria has not been settled yet, Lavrov told the media in Beijing on 22 April.

The state-of-the-art planes are meant to offer a solution to the challenges posed by the S-300, whose radar systems can detect aircraft from some 300 kilometers (186 miles) away.

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During his visit, Votel is met with Israeli military Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and other senior defense officials.

OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Samples From Second Site in Douma