Russia says the shipment of its S-300 missile defense system is aimed at deterring foreign intervention in Syria.”Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Damascus is already in possession of the first batch of S-300 missile defense systems from Russia. During an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV, President Assad also said that the second shipment of the Russian systems will be delivered to Syria soon. He added that Syria would respond to any Israeli aggression against the country. The complete interview is expected to be aired later on Thursday. Earlier on May 28, Moscow had said it would go ahead with the delivery of S-300 systems to Damascus, following which the Israeli regime hinted it would take action to prevent the delivery of the systems to Damascus. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem later reiterated that Damascus would give an “immediate” response to any act of aggression by Israel.
“Syria will not let any Israeli aggression go unanswered without retaliation. The retaliation will be the same size as the aggression, and the same type of weapons will be used,” the Syrian foreign minister stated.In a separate development, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on May 29 that Moscow may reconsider its commitments to restrictions on the delivery of arms to the Syrian government, following a recent decision by the European Union to end an arms embargo on the militants in Syria. Russia says that the shipment of the S-300 missile defense system is aimed at deterring foreign intervention in Syria. Syria has been gripped by turmoil since March 2011 and the foreign-sponsored militancy has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel. SZH/HSN/HJL