Russia says no decision made yet on delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says no decision has been made. (AFP)
Updated 23 April 2018
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Russia says no decision made yet on delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria

  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says no decision has been made on missiles
  • Advanced S-300 missile systems were rumored to be delivered to ally Bashar Assad

Moscow: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver advanced S-300 missile systems to Syria, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.
Russia’s daily Kommersant newspaper, citing unnamed military sources, reported earlier on Monday that Russia might start supplying the anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria in the near future. The Kremlin declined to comment.
Lavrov said on Friday that Western military strikes on Syria this month had removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold the missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“We’ll have to wait to see what specific decisions the Russian leadership and representatives of Syria will take,” TASS cited Lavrov as saying on Monday during a visit to Beijing.
“There is probably no secret about this and it can all be announced (if a decision is taken),” added Lavrov.
Kommersant said on Monday that experts believed that Israel would react negatively to any decision to supply the missiles and might bomb the area where they would be deployed.
A Russian diplomat who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity said Israel has asked Moscow not to supply the Syrian military with the S-300s. An Israeli government spokesman declined comment.


Netanyahu warns Iran it will face consequences for threatening Israel

Updated 46 min 10 sec ago
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Netanyahu warns Iran it will face consequences for threatening Israel

  • ‘We are operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression’

TIMNA, Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s air strikes on Syria on Monday had mainly targeted military positions set up by Iran, which he warned would face consequences for threatening to destroy Israel.
“We are operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression,” Netanyahu said in a speech. “We will strike at anyone who tried to harm us. Whoever threatens to eliminate us, bears full responsibility.”