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Livni in Russia, Denies Visit Linked with Missile Sale to Syria

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who doubles as the government “Minister for the Peace Process,”  traveled to Russia on Tuesday to talk with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reportedly  over Moscow’s declared intentions to follow through with the sale of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian regime. Her spokeswoman denied that the purpose of the visit was to talk about the S-300.

The missile system is considered one of the most sophisticated in the world and  could down an Israeli commercial aircraft well within Israel’s borders. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu flew to Russia earlier this year to try to dissuade Russia from selling the system to Syria.

Livni’s discussions with Lavrov could be another chapter in the sage of American efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinian Authority back to direct negotiations over a future Palestinian Authority state. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was rumored to have been planning to return to the region this week, but the State Dept. has made no mention of a trip.

Putin Actually Tells the Truth: No S-300 Missiles in Syria – Yet

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has not shipped any “game-changing” S-300 aircraft missiles to Syria, two weeks after Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that it will deliver the weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad to prevent military intervention inside the embattled-country.

Speaking at a join news conference with European Union leaders, Putin stated, “As for the S-300, it is really one of the best defense systems in the world, if not the best…We do not want to disturb the balance in the region. The contract was signed several years ago. It has not been fulfilled yet.”

The original Russian announcement to go ahead with deliveries of the S-300 missiles was an angry Russian response to the European Union removal of sanctions against transferring arms to Syrian rebels.

The S-300 missile system is one of the most sophisticated in the world and can shoot down planes 125 miles away, well within the range of Israeli commercial airplanes.

Putin has used the S-300 system as his ace card, if not a bad joker, to affect, if not control, in events in Syria in the political game that is being played out at the expense of millions of Syrians whose lives have been devastated in the two-year-old protest that has turned into a full-fledged civil war.

The S-300 also has been the source of lies. Assad claimed last week that the missiles already are in Syria, although his truth meter already is around zero.

A week after several Israeli military leaders said there was no chance that the missiles are even close to being in Syria because of the complex training needed to operate them, Putin finally contradicted the claims of Assad, whose regime has been saved by Russia’s blocking Western-backed sanctions and United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Putin also has not been the most reliable source for the truth.

Human Rights Watch has described the rights climate in Russia as the worst in post-Soviet history. However, after carrying out raids on human rights organizations, Putin said they sere simply “routine events.”

He has targeted journalists and watchdog NGOs.

After Russian blogger Alexei Navalny posted documents suggesting that Russia’s state-owned oil pipeline company embezzled $4 billion called Putin’s United Russia Party “the party of crooks and liars,” the government charged him with embezzlement.

Acting with the paranoid of Middle East dictators, he threw out USAID from Russia last year, accusing it of trying to “affect the course of political processes.”

Israeli Intelligence Officials in Russia to Stop Missile Sale

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Israeli intelligence officials are in Russia in a last-ditch attempt to try to stop Moscow from sending S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian President Bashar Assad, the London Guardian reported Thursday.

Assad has told Lebanese media the he already has received the first shipment of the sophisticated missile system that could down Israeli commercial and military airplanes. However, his credibility is near zero, and some sources have noted that Russia has not yet trained any Syrians to operate the S-300. making it even more unlikely that the missile system could be operable in Syria for weeks, if not months.

Israel has said suggested it would destroy the S-300, but military action probably would be used only if Assad were to try to ship them to Hezbollah.

Russia also risks a serious economic and military defeat if Israel succeeds in disabling the missiles electronically in the event that they arrive in Syria.

A source close to Russia’s defense ministry told Reuters that the Israelis “likely have a million ways to combat the S-300 electronically,” but he questioned their feasibility because they had not been tested in war.

Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens told Voice of Israel public radio, “I’d be very surprised if the Russians deliver this system. It would become apparent that our air force is capable of besting this system, and that would not make for good advertising.”

Israel has been placed in the middle of a cold war between the United States and Russia, which   desperately is trying to keep Assad in power in order to remain a major power broker in Middle East affairs.

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