Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov confirmed that an S-300 air defence missile system had been delivered to Syria, while speaking at a briefing in Moscow on Tuesday.
- SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “We would like to bring Earnest [US White House spokesperson, Josh Earnest] back down to Earth and to remind the US administration that the result of its the active fighting with ISIS nearly allowed it to occupy the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. Moreover, we cannot get an answer from our US partners – why the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group Jabhat-al-Nusra has been in US favour. US forces failed all ceasefire agreements from September 9 and did not manage to divide members of the so-called opposition from Jabhat-Al-Nusra, allowed terrorists to regroup again and renew their supplies. Isn’t it time for [our] US partners to admit, that almost all of the controlled opposition is under the Al-Qaeda and Jabhat-al-Nusra brand? The main aim of Russia in Syria has never been changed or hidden: it is a fight against all kinds of international terrorism. Against this background, Russia’s progress can be counted not with complaints but with the reality in Syria. First of all, these are hundreds of towns which are back living a normal life, ten of thousands of metres squared have been liberated from the terrorists and several tonnes of humanitarian aid [sent] for local residents.”
- SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “Indeed, the Syrian Arab Republic received an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. This system is designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in [the Syrian city of] Tartus and task force ships located in the coastal area from the air. It is unclear, why the placement of the S-300 caused such a stir in the West. Just to recall, the S-300 is only a protective system and does not pose a [n offensive] danger. Moreover, earlier, there was a similar naval air-defence complex, ‘Fort’, which is based on the Black Sea Fleet battleship ‘Moscow’.”
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