As reports that the Obama administration are, once again, considering launching airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday issued a clear warning that it will shoot down American aircraft if such a campaign was launched.
The statement comes just days after reports that Moscow had deployed additional S-300 surface-to-air missile batteries to its air base in the Assad-controlled Syrian region of Latakia. Russia is in Syria providing air support to Assad’s forces, as they battle to retake positions to the east.
“Let me remind the [so-called] American ‘strategists’: the Russian military bases in [Latakia] and Tartus are covered by S-400 and S-300 air defense systems, the range of which may come as a surprise to unidentified flying objects.”
The advertised range of the S-400 and S-300 systems are 300 kilometers and 200 kilometers, respectively.
Russia senses the weakness in resolve of Barack Obama and are now willing to call the US bluff. Communications between the two countries have broken down. There is a fundamental difference between the two countries. Instead of just fighting ISIS in Syria, Obama has been ordering the bombing of Assad’s troops. That means we have gone fro fighting terrorists to aiding them. We have been bombing the Assad regime, which Russia supports.