Kremlin: Nixing delivery of S-300s to Syria unrelated to Israeli PMís visit
The Kremlin says the refusal to supply the S-300 air defense missile systems
to Syria is not linked in any way with the recent visit by Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Moscow
SOCHI, May 11. 2017 /TASS/. The refusal to supply the S-300 air defense
missile systems to Syria is not linked in any way with the recent visit by
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Moscow, acting Kremlin
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
Peskov commented on a statement, which acting Russian Presidential Aide for
Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Kozhin gave in an interview with
the newspaper Izvestia.
"Technologically, it is absolutely incorrect to link this [Kozhinís words]
with Netanyahuís visit because the interview was given before Netanyahuís
visit," the acting Kremlin spokesman pointed out.
Russia has never announced such deliveries and only specified that it
reserves the right in the wake of US-led airstrikes against Syria to do
everything possible in this situation.
In an interview published on Friday, Kozhin said that Russia was not
delivering the S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria and no talks had
been underway on their delivery thus far.
As the acting Kremlin spokesman added, the Syrian army "has everything it
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on April 16 that Russia was
ready to consider all necessary steps to reinforce Syriaís defense
capabilities, including the delivery of the S-300 systems.
On April 23, Lavrov told journalists that the issue of delivering the S-300s
had not yet been decided on but Russian President Vladimir Putin had
discussed this subject with the defense chief "in the context of preventing
a situation where the Syrian Arab Republic would be left inadequately
prepared for aggressive acts similar to the attack on April 14.".