"One thing should be clear - if someone fires on our planes, we will destroy them", Lieberman was reported by Haaretz as saying.
In addition to the American-led coalition's strikes against Assad targets, Israel has increasingly carried out air raids in Syria, which it says are meant to prevent the transfer of advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah terrorist group and halt the military entrenchment of Iran in the country.
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"Now that this outrageous act of aggression was undertaken by the US, France and United Kingdom, we might think how to make sure that the Syrian state is protected", he added.
Russian diplomats said that they plan to bring evidence of this to the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
That's because on April 13, the US, France, and Britain attacked Syria, firing over 100 Tomahawk missiles at them along with other airstrikes. Russian Federation has left the door open to supplying Syria with advanced air defense measures-but has deliberately avoided giving details.
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"Russian systems are there (in Syria) and are not being used against us, and if the Syrian systems act against us, we will destroy them", said Lieberman.
The Western allies blamed the incident on President Bashar al-Assad's government. But the question of providing S-300 air defense systems to Syria has not been settled yet, Lavrov told the media in Beijing on 22 April. In the interview, Lieberman said Russian Federation already has air-defense systems in Syria.
Iran-allied Syrian forces shooting down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet by Syrian forces and the infiltration of Israeli airspace by an alleged Iranian drone prompted Israel to strike targets linked to the Islamic Republic in February.
"The [unnamed] official said other flights, including at least one from an Iranian cargo jet, have also caught United States attention", CNN notes.
The report said that components of the S-300, including radar stations, control posts and launchers would soon be delivered to Syria by the Russian military either by air transport or via the Russian Navy, which has a base at Tartus on the Syrian coast.
If Israel attacks the new air defense systems, then it will suffer "catastrophic consequences", the officials said.