Russia delivers new missile defense system to Syria, despite US warningsOctober 3, 2018
Russia announced Tuesday that it completed a delivery of a new missile defense system to Syria, despite U.S. warnings against the arrangement. “The work was finished a day ago,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin in a meeting broadcasted by Rossiya 24 TV, according to Reuters.
National security adviser John Bolton warned last week that the U.S. would view the delivery as “a significant escalation” in Syria’s ongoing civil war and expressed America’s hope that “they would reconsider” the decision. “We would regard introducing the S-300 a major mistake,” he added.
Russia had announced earlier that it would send a Russian S-300 surface to air missile system to President Bashar al-Assad after Syria accidentally downed a Russian plane the week prior. Russia said the friendly fire was a result of “misleading information” from the Israeli air force, a claim Israel has vehemently denied.