Russia delivers air defense system to Syria says report

Russia has begun delivery of modern air defense units to Syria, a newspaper reported Friday.

Russia delivers air defense system to Syria says report

Russia has begun delivery of modern air defense units to Syria, a newspaper reported Friday.

"The first part of the delivery to Syria has started," the centrist daily Nezavissimaya Gazeta reported, quoting information from a domestic military information agency.

A spokesman for Russia's arms export agency Rosoboronexport declined to comment on the newspaper report.

The report acknowledged the delivery of the weapons, the Pantsyr-S1E self-propelled, short-range missile air defense system.

Nezavissimaya Gazeta quoted an official involved in Russian arms export policy as describing concerns that Russian air defense weapons could be reexported to Iran as "silly rumors."

"This is not possible," Vitaly Shlykov, a member of the state committee on foreign and defense policy, was quoted as saying. "One of the conditions for every deal is the prohibition on transfer of the weaponry to a third country."

Officially, the contract was for the sale of 50 Pantsyr units for about $900 million. Media reports have put the number of units sold to Syria at around 36.


AFP

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