Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday announced that it will honor its controversial contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria.
“We respect all our contracts and are honoring all our contractual obligations,” Lavrov said.
The day after the announcement, the two warships carrying 600 Russian marines were heading for Syria "to protect the Russian citizens there” along with air force cover.
Syria is soon expecting to receive its order.
The warships heading for Syrian shores were identified as the Nikolai Filchenkov Large Landing Ship and the Vice Admiral Kulakov, a Udaloy 1 class destroyer, each carrying 300 marines, according to reports. Aboard the former are also 20 tanks and 15 armored troop carriers or military trucks, while the Kulakov is designed mainly for anti-submarine warfare.
Greek armed forces test-fired a Russian-made S-300 air defense system on Friday, for the first time since it was bought 14 years ago. Greece is the only NATO member that has an S-300 in service
A day after Russian President Putins op-ed in the New York Times opposing U.S
Russia will renew an old deal with Iran to supply five S-300 ground-to-air missile systems. It will also build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, according to Kommersant
While the U.S
Russia plans to deploy a new air missile defense system in 2017 that can hit targets in space, the Russian News agency was quoted by Defense News. “The promising S-500 air defense missile system is at the development stage
The S-300 advanced air defense missile systems that Russia refused to deliver to Iran have now been completely dismantled and scrapped. “The equipment that was to have been delivered to Iran is no more,” Almaz-Antey Corporations CEO Vladislav Menshchikov said
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