Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Friday said it would be incorrect to connect the potential delivery of Russia’s S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Wednesday visit to Moscow.
Earlier, in his interview with Russian Presidential Aide for Defense Industry Cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, he said that the issue of Russia supplying an S-300 to Syria was not yet on the agenda since Damascus “has everything it needs.’’
“I would not like to comment on Kozhin’s statement.
“Actually, Kozhin is the person, who is curating the commission on defence cooperation, so I just do not understand why I should comment on this as everything is clearly stated there,’’ Peskov told newsmen.
The spokesman said that it would be wrong to relate Kozhin’s remarks to Netanyahu’s recent visit to Moscow because the interview was given before the visit.
Peskov added that while the delivery of S-300 systems to Syria had never been announced, Russia now had the right to do everything it deemed necessary in the wake of the recent U.S. strikes on a Damascus suburb.
On April 14, the U.S., France and the UK carried out a missile attack on a number of targets in Syria, including the facilities in Barzeh and Jamraya, in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Duma, located in Eastern Ghouta.
Earlier in May, former Israeli Defence Minister, Moshe Yaalon, told newsmen that Israel did not want Syria to receive Russia’s S-300, following reports that Moscow might consider deliveries in the wake of U.S.-led attacks.