Russia’s Threats To Retaliate Exposes Their Inability To ‘Defend’ Syria
Prior to Friday’s strike, on Syrian chemical weapon bases, the Russian Ambassador let loose a blistering threat against The United States. His ominous threat basically echoed Putin’s own words, that Russia would shoot U.S. missiles out of the sky and return fire.
According to USA Today, Russian Ambassador to Beirut Alexander Zasypkin cited orders by Putin. “If there is a U.S. missile attack, we — in line with both Putin and Russia’s chief of staff’s remarks — will shoot down U.S. rockets and even the sources that launched the missiles,” Zasypkin told al Manar.
From the looks of things, it was just more empty threats from Russia- who, in the past, have bragged about their defenses, arsenal, and technology. Over time we’ve found most of Russia’s claims are either gross exaggerations or complete untruths.
Within Russia’s own news agencies, their military has reported taking the majority of U.S. and allied missile down in Friday’s strike. Is it just another absurd falsehood told by a government trying to ‘save face’ in front of their own allies?
The Russian military has claimed that the Syrian air defenses, whose most modern weapon is a three-decades-old Russian-supplied anti-aircraft system, shot down 71 of 103 missiles fired by the US and its allies, the UK and France, a claim denied by the Pentagon.
As further details began to emerge about the sites targeted by the US-led strikes, Col-Gen Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military said the strikes had not caused any casualties and that Syrian military facilities suffered only minor damage.
It was not possible to verify the claims. The most up-to-date system that Moscow has supplied to the Syrian regime is the short-range Pantsir S-1, which has an anti-missile capability.
Russia said its advisers had spent the last 18 months completely rebuilding the Syrian air defense system, and said the high number of intercepted rockets spoke to “the high effectiveness of the weaponry in Syria and the excellent training of Syrian servicemen prepared by our specialists”.
Although Russia suggested that Syrian forces had been responsible for manning their own air defenses, Russian advisers have a long history of operating systems in such situations.