Russia confirms it sent S-300 missile system to Syria

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A Russian surface-to-air S-300 missile system during a military drill. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – Moscow deployed a new anti-missile system to Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, officials said on Tuesday.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said that it had sent an S-300 missile system to its naval facility in the Syrian coastal city of Tartus, stressing that the step was meant to bolster its own security.  

Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Major General, said in a statement: “The S-300 anti-aircraft missile system has indeed been sent to the Syrian Arab Republic.”

“The S-300 is solely a defensive system and does not pose any threat to anybody,” Konashenkov added.

The Russian officer’s statement comes after Fox News, an American broadcaster, reported that Russia has deployed an advanced anti-missile system in Syria “for the first time.” 

According to military analysts, the Russian S-300 system could potentially counter US warplanes and cruise missile attacks in Syria. 

On Monday, the United States suspended Syria-related negotiations with Russia. “This is not a decision that was taken lightly,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said, accusing Russia and its Syrian ally of stepping up attacks on civilian areas.

However, Kirby pointed out that the American and Russian militaries will continue to use a communications channel to ensure their forces do not get in each other’s way during “counter-terrorism operations in Syria.”

Reporting by: Layla Majdalawi | Source: ARA News & agencies 

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