Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver advanced S-300 missile systems to Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reported on Monday that, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision. Russia’s citing unnamed military sources, reported earlier on Monday that Russia might initiate the supplying the anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria in the near future.
Western military strikes on Syria this month had taken away any moral obligation Russia had to withhold the missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Lavrov said on Friday.
“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, only if a decision rise,” added Lavrov.
Kommersant reported on Monday that experts believed that Israel would react negatively to any determination to provide the missiles and might bomb the area where they would be deployed.