Putin aide says no talks underway with Syria on S-300

Blanche Robertson
May 12, 2018

Vladimir Kozhin said on Friday that Russian Federation was neither supplying S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria nor negotiating a potential delivery to Damascus.

"So far, there has been no talk of deliveries" of the S-300 to Syria, Vladimir Kozhin, a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Izvestia newspaper.

After Russia's anger over large-scale Israeli and US-led air strike on Syria in the first few months of this year, the Russian foreign minister said Moscow was re-examining the option of sending the system to its Syrian ally.

The comments follow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Moscow this week, who presented to Putin "Israel's obligation and right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, from Syrian territory".

The spokesman said that it would be wrong to relate Kozhin's remarks to Netanyahu's recent visit to Moscow because the interview was given before the visit.

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"I would not like to comment on Kozhin's statement".

On April 14, the U.S., France and the United Kingdom carried out a missile attack on a number of targets in Syria, including the facilities in Barzeh and Jamraya, in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Duma, located in Eastern Ghouta.

Following the strikes, Russian Federation announced it may consider giving Syria S-300 systems so it can defend itself in the face of such acts of aggression. Kozhin oversees military assistance to other countries.

The Soviet-developed system is a surface-to-air missile defense shield created to shoot down both hostile aircraft and cruise and ballistic missiles.

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