S-300 missiles not yet sent to Syria: Russia
Yekaterinburg, Russia, June 4, 2013
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday defended Russian arms sales to the Syrian government but said Moscow had not yet delivered advanced S-300 air defence systems to Damascus.
Putin told a news conference after a summit with European Union leaders that Russia did not want to upset the military balance in the region and all its arms sales to Syria were in line with international law.
He also praised the S-300 missiles system as one of the best in the world but added: "The contract was signed several years ago. It has not been fulfilled yet."
Warning against military action in Syria
Putin added that any attempt at foreign military intervention in Syria was doomed to fail and would make the situation worse.
Putin said Russia was disappointed by an EU decision not to extend an embargo on member states arming rebel forces fighting the Syrian government. – Reuters