Assad vague about delivery of Russian missiles to Syria

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assad-almanarSyrian President Bashar Assad said in a TV interview broadcast Thursday that Russia has fulfilled some of its weapons contracts recently, but was vague on whether this included advanced S-300 air defense systems.

Assad’s actual comments differed from excerpts the TV station conducting the interview had sent to reporters in a text message on Thursday morning.

In that message, the Al-Manar station owned by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah quoted Assad as saying Syria had already received a first shipment of such missiles. The Associated Press called Al-Manar after receiving the text message, and an official at the station said the message had been sent based on Assad’s comments.

In the interview, Assad was asked about the S-300s, but his answer was general.

He said that Russia’s weapons shipments are not linked to the Syria conflict. “We have been negotiating with them about different types of weapons for years and Russia is committed to Syria to implement these contracts,” he said.

“All we have agreed on with Russia will be implemented and some of it has been implemented recently, and we and the Russians continue to implement these contracts,” he said.

Assad also said that his forces will respond to any future Israeli strike on his country.

Israel struck near the Syrian capital of Damascus earlier this month. Israeli officials said at the time they were targeting suspected shipments of advanced missiles purportedly intended for Hezbollah, a Syria ally.

Asked whether Syria would respond to such strikes, Assad said: “We have told countries that we will respond to any strike with a similar strike.” He says that the manner of the response “depends on the circumstance and timing” of the attack.

The Associated Press

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10 responses to “Assad vague about delivery of Russian missiles to Syria”

  1. Reasonableman Avatar
    Reasonableman

    The ‘elite’ forces are marching into qusayr and into damascus leaving south lebanon somewhat volnerable if israel wanted they can just fluff their way in. Not that they wernt able to do so before, i wonder whats holding them back.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      The Litani River is too polluted now … ;-)))

  2. Reasonableman Avatar
    Reasonableman

    The ‘elite’ forces are marching into qusayr and into damascus leaving south lebanon somewhat volnerable if israel wanted they can just fluff their way in. Not that they wernt able to do so before, i wonder whats holding them back.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      The Litani River is too polluted now … ;-)))

  3. Leborigine Avatar
    Leborigine

    “I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum”.
    There is definitely a vacuum between assads ears!

  4. Leborigine Avatar
    Leborigine

    “I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum”.
    There is definitely a vacuum between assads ears!

  5. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    The man does not look good, he seems he lost weight, I guess the heat is on.
    In any case Assad is the least of my priorities, as I am fed up and tired with the news on Assad / HA / Aoun / Geagea / Qusair / Assir / Tripoli / the wars and bombs here and there etc….Nothing but negativity. Only one thing I am loving and following closely these days is the Arab Idol program and the extreme talent of the contestants. Watching them makes me happy and appreciative of their talents. Mohamad Assaf, wow what a voice; Salma Rashid incredible voice, Abdel Karim Hamdan can’t stop watching his song on Halab…so much feelings and sensitivity this guy, also can’t stop watching Fares el-madani with the female contestants, which voices are exquisite from Youssra, Peroz, Salma and Farah just wow…they sing a song for shirine, but so much better, just blew my mind, especially Youssra and Salma.
    All the news on this site is negative and frankly becoming boring, there are positive things happening in the country why don’t you report them too ? There are people studying, working, innovating, building stone and minds and talents, etc…. these too are news. I just thought sharing my thoughts on what freedom and security can help these extremely talented artists achieve. May God protect Lebanon to give these people the only open window in the Arab world from which they can breathe and express themselves freely.

    1. nagy_michael2 Avatar
      nagy_michael2

      He looks like a Joker Card lol.

  6. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    The man does not look good, he seems he lost weight, I guess the heat is on.
    In any case Assad is the least of my priorities, as I am fed up and tired with the news on Assad / HA / Aoun / Geagea / Qusair / Assir / Tripoli / the wars and bombs here and there etc….Nothing but negativity. Only one thing I am loving and following closely these days is the Arab Idol program and the extreme talent of the contestants. Watching them makes me happy and appreciative of their talents. Mohamad Assaf, wow what a voice; Salma Rashid incredible voice, Abdel Karim Hamdan can’t stop watching his song on Halab…so much feelings and sensitivity this guy, also can’t stop watching Fares el-madani with the female contestants, which voices are exquisite from Youssra, Peroz, Salma and Farah just wow…they sing a song for shirine, but so much better, just blew my mind, especially Youssra and Salma.
    All the news on this site is negative and frankly becoming boring, there are positive things happening in the country why don’t you report them too ? There are people studying, working, innovating, building stone and minds and talents, etc…. these too are news. I just thought sharing my thoughts on what freedom and security can help these extremely talented artists achieve. May God protect Lebanon to give these people the only open window in the Arab world from which they can breathe and express themselves freely.

    1. nagy_michael2 Avatar
      nagy_michael2

      He looks like a Joker Card lol.

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