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Russia Quickens S-300 and SA-26 Missiles to Syria
In the wake of the multiple IAF air attacks on the Syrians to prevent Iranian missiles from entering Lebanon, Russia has warned Israel that any further attacks on their friend will not be tolerated and will cause adverse Russian actions. Putin made this clear to Mr. Kerry who was in Russia trying to persuade them to the West point of view.
Instead, Russia has decided to make a rapid deployment of their sophisticated S-300 and SA-26 missile systems to Syria, which are precise enough to hit a target within a 15-20 ft. radius at a distance of 280 kilometers. The SA-26 is capable of nuclear weaponization. Putin openly threatened that no Western power or their allies would be allowed to get rid of Assad with Russian interference. The S300 is a very good antiaircraft weapon system that Syrians have been training on in Russia, so once they arrive in Syria, things might get worse. Putin also stated that if the USA arms the rebels, Russia will send more weapons to Assad.
China also presented its own peace plan. This plan emphasizes, as the key to a settlement, the Palestinian right to a state on the basis of 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.
All of this complicates an already bad situation. The active players are Iran, Syria and Russia on one side. The other side is Israel, Arab states and USA\NATO. The mix of rebel forces in Syria are simply too difficult to identify as belonging to any one side-they all have agendas AFTER Assad leaves and until that time are unified only to get rid of him. Once it occurs, the factions will turn on each other with international forces getting caught in the crossfire.
China has no real interest or connection to Syria except to show that it is a "world power". One can see the formulation of end time scenarios beginning with Syria being the catalyst. Russia and Iran are silent partners. Russia sells many of its weapons and goods to Iran despite embargoes. Iran has a vested interest in Syria because of Lebanon. One can see Russia and Iran taking on Israel and the NATO countries if things get out of control. China is the wildcard.