Official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor
Konashenkov confirmed the message of the Fox News channel about delivery to Syria of the battery of anti-aircraft missile system s-300.
“Indeed, in the Syrian Arab Republic delivered battery
anti-aircraft missile system s-300″, – Konashenkov was quoted by “Interfax”.
According to him, the complex is designed to ensure the safety
naval base in Tartus and located in the coastal area ships
the operational connection of the Russian Navy from the air.
Konashenkov said that he could not understand why the system is placed in
Syria is causing quite a stir in the West. “Let me remind you that the s-300 is
a defensive system and no one is any
threats. It is not clear why the location in Syria of s-300 called
this commotion our Western colleagues,” – said the General.
He added that the region was similar to the anti-aircraft missile
the complex sea-based missile complex “Fort” (S-300F, SA-N-6
Grumble, according to NATO classification), which is equipped with missile
the cruiser of the black sea fleet “Moscow”.
The Fox News channel, citing sources in the US administration
reported that Russia has placed first in Syria, the latest air defense system
S-300VM “Antey-2500″ (SA-23 Gladiator) on a Russian naval
the Syrian base in Tartus. In the United States regarded it as a military build-up
presence, despite the fact that the banned terrorist
groups “Islamic state” and “Dzhebhat EN-Nusra” there is no air and
cruise missiles, against whom is the system intended.
Administration officials have said that such a defense system
potentially able to intercept any American cruise
missiles in case of attack.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, who asked the question
about these missile complexes, referred it to the Ministry of defence. “This
the question should be addressed to our military Department, in such cases
to refer to some ephemeral sources do not think it is possible and
correct,” – quoted Peskov TASS. “Air defenses over there (in Syria)
been established, a variety of defenses that are needed,
it has been reported. As for the new references (C-300), it is better
to clarify the Ministry of defence,” – said Peskov.
Yesterday the state Department announced that the United States cease
talks with Russia on Syria because “Russia has failed to fulfill
its promises, including its obligations under international
humanitarian law”. In addition, Washington said, “any reluctance
Moscow, or the inability forced the Syrian regime to