BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 P.M.) – Russia’s decision to supply Syria with the S-300 missile defense system wont hurt Russian-Israeli relations, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanoc said on Monday.
“I don’t believe it will. Our relations [with Israel] are far wider. This is an important issue, of course. But it is also our right and the right of sovereign Syria,” Bogdanov said, when asked if Russia’s decision to supply S-300 air defense systems to Syria might affect Russia’s relations with Israel.
Russia is reportedly delivering the S-300 air defense system to Syria in the next two weeks, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Monday morning.
Previously, Russia agreed to supply Syria with the S-300 system in 2013; however, after lengthy talks with Israel, Moscow chose not to deliver the anti-aircraft defense equipment.