Friday, May 31, 2013

Russian papers: S-300 delivery to Syria not before 2014

Two sources deny reports anti-aircraft missiles were already delivered, Russian papers 'Vedomosti' and 'Kommersant' report; say six additional months would be required for training personnel, tests after delivery.

Russia is scheduled to deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria next year, two Russian newspapers reported on Friday, rejecting claims the missiles had already been transferred to the regime of President Bashar Assad, according to AFP.

The Vedomosti cited a Russia defense source as saying it was unclear if the weapons would be delivered to Syria this year, while the Kommersant quoted a source as saying the delivery was only planned for the second quarter of 2014.