BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:05 P.M.) – The Syrian government is in the process of purchasing the latest Russian air defense system, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Thursday.
“It’s natural that we should have such systems,” he said.
Assad made these comments to SANA just hours after the Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes near the Damascus International Airport.
“It is natural for us to negotiate with the Russians now with a view to strengthening (our) systems, whether to face any Israeli threats from the air or the threats of American missiles.”
“That has become a real possibility after the recent American aggression on Al-Shayrat air base in Syria,” he added.
In the past, the Syrian government has considered purchasing these air defense systems; however, the arrival have such weapons have often led to unfounded rumors.