Israel on Sunday denounced as irresponsible the reported sale by Russia of P-800 Yakhont cruise missiles to Syria, saying it could threaten the strategic balance in the region.Israel should sink the ship or shoot down the planes delivering these missiles. Or better yet, bomb the delivery / installation site before they are operational. With any luck Putin might be there picking up his check.
News of the sale emerged on Friday when Russian Defence MinisterAnatoly Serdyukov told reporters in Washington that Moscow would fulfil a 2007 contract to supply Yakhont cruise missiles to Damascus,Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
The sale, worth at least 300 million dollars, will see Syria receiving around 72 cruise missiles, the Interfax news agency said on Sunday, citing defence industry sources.
"This decision translates into a very poor demonstration of responsibility by a country which sees itself as influential and which claims to act in favour of regional stability," a senior Israeli government official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. (rest at link above)
RIA on Friday quoted Serdyukov as saying the United States feared the Yakhonts could end up in the hands of "terrorists" -- an apparent reference to Hezbollah, which surprised Israel by hitting one of its warships with a cruise missile in a 2006 war.Let's see, we'll send a quasi-commie (who tried to give away 97% of Israel in exchange for some of Clinton's cigars) to negotiate with ex-commies who have already sold NUCLEAR PROCESSING PLANTS TO IRAN.
Serdyukov called such concerns "fruitless", RIA said.
Lieberman said that Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who visited Moscow this month to sign a military cooperation pact, had "dealt with the (Yakhont) issue, but things didn't work out".
/scratches head, fruitlessly asks "I thought we were the smart people?"