Russian Federation to pass S-300 missile systems to Syria at no cost

Russian Federation to pass S-300 missile systems to Syria at no cost

Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is reported to have said that officials in Washington were contacted before last weekend's strikes by the US, UK and France.

FILE - The Damascus sky lights up as the US launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital, April 14, 2018. Tomahawk missiles were also used in the weekend attack on alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

"What decisions will be taken by the leadership of Russian Federation together with the representatives of Syria have yet to be determined; there is no secret here", Lavrov said.

The OPCW inspectors should do their work in the Syrian city of Douma without external pressure; Russian Federation will insist that they visit every location concerning the alleged chemical attack in Syria, Sergei Lavrov said. "And the results show that they did not cross these red lines".

Russia may supply its S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Syria on a free-of-charge basis, according to a Russian newspaper citing sources. "Now, we have no moral obligations", Lavrov commented.

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Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, denied that a chemical attack took place. We had the moral obligations, we had promised not to do it some 10 years ago, I think, upon the request of our known partners.

The report stated that while Moscow believes that such a move would stabilize the situation in war-torn Syria, "experts believe that the reaction of the Israeli military to such a move will be predictably negative and do not exclude attacks on their locations".

The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on media reports that Russian Federation planned to soon supply Syria with S-300 missile systems, but said a Western missile strike on Syria had soured the atmosphere in the region.

"Today we focussed on preparations for the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China", Lavrov said during a press conference in Beijing, after a meeting with Wang Yi, China's top diplomat.

"I will only remind you once again of the statement made by [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin after a missile strike was delivered on a sovereign country in violation of the foundations of worldwide law", Peskov told reporters when asked about the growing complexity of the global situation and Russia's relations with other countries in connection with the possible supply of S-300 systems to Syria.

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