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Russia: Syrian deployment of S-400 and S-300 missile systems ‘defensive’ – Lavrov

6 06.10.2016 Инфо

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov underlined that S-300 and S-400 missile defence system are only defensive weapons, during a joint press conference with his French counterpart in Moscow, Thursday.
Lavrov said that Russia needs "to ensure the security of our military, our Aerospace Forces, our logistics base in the port of Tartus in a situation which is not calm yet." He pointed out that Russia had already installed S-400 missile defence system in Hmeymim base, but "it didn't cause suck loud stir in the media," as the deployment of the S-300 did.
Both ministers sought to deescalate the Syrian conflict, though tensions over how to resolve the war politically led the US to withdraw from cooperating with Moscow.
Lavrov's statement comes as the war of words between Washington and Moscow is escalating, amid disintegrating cooperation over the conflict in Syria. The US disengaged with Russia claiming the country lacked "credibility" in Syria while Moscow responded by saying Washington failed to live up to its obligations in the war-torn country.