The importance Putin's strong denial that the missiles could ever, in the hands of terrorists, become a threat to Israeli civilian aviation, rises or falls depending on one's take on the screwdriver hypothesis. Does Syria possess in its arsenal screwdrivers with which it can remove the vehicle mounted missiles and forward them to terrorist organizations (as it has been doing with other advanced weaponry for years). If Syria has no screwdrivers, then Putin's statement and his international integrity can be assured. If Syria possesses screwdrivers, then Putin comes off as a disingenuous politician who manipulates his policies to suit the very short term interests of his country. In order to clear up this issue once and for all, I might suggest a research program determined to unequivocally answer the Syrian screwdriver question.
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from the article: Sharon: Russian missiles being sold to Syria do threaten Israel