Israeli fighter jets are in the air over Lebanon Wednesday, making quick incursions into Syrian air space, apparently testing to see if the newly delivered S-300 air defense system given to Syria by Russia, has weaknesses.
On Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that Moscow had delivered 49 units of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria in order to enhance the security of Russian servicemen in the country.
Speaking on Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Tel Aviv wasn't "happy" about the S-300 deliveries to Syria, but it could not give up on its military operations in the war-ravaged country.
The first battery of the Russian-made S-300 air-defense missile system has come into service, my former colleagues in the Intelligence Community reported on Tuesday.
The Russian Ministry of Defense sent new anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, a week after Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft Il-20 during an Israeli air strike, on September 17.
US Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchinson said today that Russia must cease development of a Treaty-Banned Intermediate Range Nuclear Missile or the United States will seek to destroy it militarily before it becomes operational.
Russia has denied for years it is developing any such missile, which is banned under the INF (Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces) Treaty.
(HT Remark: The fact that a US official would openly and publicly threaten Russia with a US Military attack upon Russian territory is one of the most staggering developments in this writer's 56 years on earth. It is reckless, arrogant, and terrifying in its implications.)
Iranian military forces in Syria have launched missiles "at ISIS and Kurd terrorists" near the U.S. Base at Al-Tanf, Syria.
The missiles are said to have struck "very near" the US base in the eastern desert of Syria.
US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said a naval blockade of Russia was an option for limiting Russia’s role on the global energy market, Washington Examiner quoted him as saying.
"The United States has that ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open, and, if necessary, to blockade ... to make sure that their energy does not go to market," Zinke was quoted as saying during an industry event in Pittsburgh hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of the United Nations said the U.S. military has failed to fulfill their obligation regarding their withdrawal from the Tanf Zone in southern Syria.
“We regret that the U.S. failed to meet its obligation to withdraw troops from Al-Tanf,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.