Israel on Monday once again requested that Russia not supply Syria with anti-ship cruise missiles.
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said in September that Russia would honor a contract signed in 2007 for the Yakhont (Sapphire) cruise missiles.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the missiles may fall into the hands of the Lebanese Shiite group, Hezbollah.
“Israel is against the supply of these missiles to Syria,” Israeli Ambassador to Russia Dorit Golender said at a RIA Novosti news conference, adding that the issue was raised during Netanyahu’s visit to Russia last month.
The supersonic Yakhont missile has a range of 300 kilometers, carries a 200-kilogram warhead and is able to cruise only 5-15 meters above the water, making it difficult to detect and intercept it.