The Russian President Vladimir Putin has not only defended the sale of S-300 air defense systems to Syria by Moscow on Tuesday, but he also made it clear in his statements from yesterday that the contracts with the Syrian government in Damascus for the S-300 air defense systems have not yet been fulfilled by Russia.
Russian President Putin said yesterday, during a press conference at the Russian-European Union Summit together with the President of the EU, Herman Van Rompuy, and the European Commission President Manuel Barroso, that Russia is not interested “to disturb the balance in the region”. Putin further stated in this joint press conference at the Russian-European Union Summit that the contract with the Syrian government in Damascus about the S-300 air defense systems were signed several years ago and that this contract has not yet been realized by Russia.
While the Russian President Putin praised the benefits of the Russian-made air defense system (S-300), which is able to (for example) hit (at maximum) 12 targets simultaneously at distances of 200 kilometers and heights of up to 27 kilometers, he also said that the S-300 air defense systems are “one of the best air defense systems in the world” and even “probably the best”.
The contract about the delivery of the Russian-made S-300 air defense system(s) to Syria are a continuing topic between the U.S. administration and Moscow. For example, the US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview last month that the presence of such weapons in Syria would be a “destabilisation” for the region, while some European governments (France, Britain) were interested to end the arms embargo for Syria in order to probably send weapons into the hands of the foreign-backed terrorists and jihadists.
In the eyes of John Kerry, it probably depends on which side has the weapons if it is “destabilizing the region” or not. The typical hypocritical stance of such a Western politician in order to still maintain the propaganda and to further brainwash the people.
Vladimir Putin has finally stressed again yesterday that the deliveries of the S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian government in Damascus are legal and do not violate any international law. Putin said the following in this joint press event at the Russian-European Union Summit:
“Russian deliveries of weapons to Syria are implemented on the basis of recognized and transparent international contracts. They do not violate any international position. And they are implemented exclusively, and in their entirety, within the framework of international law.” (Putin)
The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has already suggested last week that the contracts with Moscow about the delivery of the S-300 air defense systems would be fulfilled, while some sources and the typical propaganda reports in the media have already reported that parts of the contract were finally fulfilled already – but this seems not to be true, according to the statements of the Russian president.