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The warning by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ratcheted up tensions with Moscow over the planned sale of S-300 air-defense missiles to Syria. Earlier in the day, a top Russian official said his government remained committed to the deal.
Yaalon: We'll know what to do if Syria get S-300 System ~ link ~ FLAMING NUT WITH HIS HAIR ON FIRE! Stirling
Israel threatens Russia - "Will use force to take-out S-300 missiles" - with video ~ link ~ This lead Israel’s defense minister Moshe Yaalon to immediately signal that “its military is prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons to Syria.”
Russia in airlift military drill involving S-300 in southern Russia ~ link ~ They do NOT have to ship the S-300 Air Defense System by naval ships. Russia has the strategic heavy airlift capability to move in large numbers of the missiles overnight! Further, they can fly in large numbers of Russian Air Force S-35 fighters at will! Stirling
Russian warplanes go on 24-Hour Duty in Snap Drill ~ link ~ MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors are going on round-the-clock duty in northern Russia as part of a snap combat readiness check of the nation's aerospace defense capabilities, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
The fighters, “in conjunction with A-50 airborne warning and control system aircraft, are performing continuous missions to protect the airspace, including from cruise missile strikes,” the ministry said in a statement. The aircraft are to be refueled while still in the air.
Two unidentified Obama administration officials told The Daily Beast in a report published on Tuesday that the White House request was made just before US Secretary of State John Kerry started his Middle East tour last week.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters, said that Obama is pursuing a "dual-track strategy" of making efforts towards a political solution to the two-year crisis in Syria while simultaneously preparing plans for military intervention.
“The White House is still in contemplation mode but the planning is moving forward and it’s more advanced than it’s ever been,” said one official.
All this meant to find a political solution, stated the official, adding “but what happens if Geneva fails? It’s only prudent to plan for other options.”
On Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said the government of President Bashar al-Assad will participate in an international peace conference on the Syrian crisis that is likely to take place in Geneva in June.