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Russia to deliver S-300 missile system to Syria

Sergiy Shoygu, Russian Defence Minister, stated that Russia intended to deliver the systems in 2013
16:01, 24 September 2018

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Russia intends to pass the Syrian army a famous man-portable air defense system S-300 within two weeks, as Sergiy Shoygu, Russian Defence Minister, said, Interfax reports.

“Syrian armed forces will receive a modern famous man-portable air defence system S-300 within two weeks. It can intercept air attack weapons at a distance of more than 250 km and simultaneously hit several aerial targets,” he said.

Shoygu reminded that Russia was going to pass the complex in 2013, but under Israel’s request, stopped the supply.

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“I stress: in 2013, under the request of the Israeli side we stopped the supply of S-300 complex to Syria, which was prepared to shipment, and the Syrian military has been trained,” the Head of Russian Defence Ministry noted.

He hopes that the air defence system will significantly strengthen the forces of the Syrian air defence, as the complex has a high-noise immunity and fast firing.

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Earlier, it was reported that Russia was considering the possibility to pass the Syrian authorities man-portable air defence system S-300 “Favorit”.

Such statements have been made earlier – since the missile attack of the allies at the Syrian military on April 14. Sergei Rudskoy, the Head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, claimed the intention to supply the complex to Syria first, then, on April 16, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister. On April 20, he stated that Russia does not have any “moral obligations” after the missile strike conducted by the U.S. and the allies.

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Reportedly, on the same day, on April 20, the Russian President Vladimir Putin had a meeting with the Heads of the General Staff and Defence Ministry, where, under the official version, “some aspects of the Syrian situation” were discussed, but no details reported.

The Syrian Government raised the issue of the complex supply in 2010, yet when the contract was canceled due to the Israeli position, which got concerned about the security of its airspace. This time, as the sources of the news agency suppose, the reaction might be even more negative, even airstrikes at the supposed deployment of the air defence systems.

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