"If someone fires at our planes, we will destroy them ..."
The Russian military has said it will soon deliver new air defense systems to Syria in light of missile attacks launched on alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities by the United States, Britain, and France almost two weeks ago.
Tensions between Israel and Iran have been on the rise following an alleged Israeli attack on the T-4 air base in Syria earlier in April.
For Russia, this is very much the point, attempting to deter future USA attacks.
Shein would not directly comment on whether Russian Federation would act to curtail Israeli operations in Syria, saying only that "it is of course in our interest that these actions not take place, because they worsen the Syria situation".
"We want to beef up our capacities to look in much more details to these requests", he said.
Would it be better for Israel to stop bombing Syria given that S-300 systems are purely defensive weapons?
Syria and Russian Federation have said that it was rebel forces who staged the attacks.
He added that Israel will not allow an Iranian foothold in Syria, saying that this is the principle guiding Israel.
Tensions between regional foes Iran and Israel has intensified in recent weeks over the Islamic Republic's military footprint in Syria, which shares a border with Israel. In the interview, Lieberman said that Russian Federation already has air-defense systems in Syria.
Russian General Staff Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi said on April 25 that Moscow will supply Syria with "new missile defense systems soon", though he did not specify the type of weapons.
According to Russian military experts interviewed by Kommersant, it would take some three months to train Syrian officers to manage the S-300 and during that time, Russian military advisers would be stationed at the batteries alongside Syrian experts.
Damascus joined the OPCW and agreed to destroy its 1,300-tonne stockpile of industrial munition, under Russia's supervision, following a US-Russian deal.
While Israeli officials acknowledge that these strikes are carried out in general, Jerusalem rarely takes responsibility for specific attacks.