Our Bureau
01:27 PM, June 21, 2013

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.