Exclusive: Assad says Syria has received Russian missiles

Το Αραβικό δίτκυο  al-akhbar  υποστηρίζει οτι οι SS-300 ήδη εχουν φτάσει στη Συρία.

A picture taken in 1996 shows Russian SS300 air-defense missiles being prepared to be launched at a military training ground in Russia. (Photo: AFP – Vladimir Mashatin)

Published Thursday, May 30, 2013

The first shipment of Russian S-300 missiles have arrived in Syria with the rest to arrive soon, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said in a television interview Al-Akhbar has obtained exclusively.

«Syria has received the first batch of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles,» Assad declared in the interview to be aired Thursday night on the Lebanese channel al-Manar, pointing out that, «the rest of the load will arrive soon.»

Assad said that the Syrian army has made great achievements on the ground against the armed groups, adding that the military balance of power has completely turned in the army’s favor.

«Syria and Hezbollah are parts of the same axis. There are Hezbollah fighters in the border areas with Lebanon, but the Syrian army is the force that is fighting and managing battles in the face of the armed opposition groups,» Assad said.

Assad also assured that the Syrian army is always ready to respond to any Israeli attacks.

«The Syrian army will respond immediately to any new Israeli aggression on Syrian territory,» Assad said, adding that, «the Syrian government will not stand in the way of any Syrian groups who want to wage war to liberate the Golan Heights.»

Assad condemned the roles of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in supporting and financing the opposition groups, and talked about the presence of some 1,000 armed Arab and non-Arab foreigners entering Syria with the support of these countries.

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Mouallem said Wednesday that Assad will stay in power until elections planned for 2014, implying that he will run again and saying that «American will have nothing to do with who rules Syria.»

«Assad is staying, Syria is attending the Geneva convention, and any Israeli attack will spark an inevitable counter-attack,» Mouallem said.

US officials had initially said that Syria began payments for the $900 million dollar missile system on 9 May 2013, stating that the initial shipment was due three months from that date.

In response, Israel had asked Russia not to sell Syria the S-300, which it said could help President Bashar al-Assad fend off foreign military intervention.

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/exclusive-assad-says-russian-missles-have-arrived-syria

Εν τω μεταξύ, ο Ασαντ δίνει σαφές μύνημα στο Ισραήλ οτι οποιαδήποτε αλλη επέμβαση του Ισραήλ στη Συρία θα απαντηθεί ανάλογα:

Syria will ‘strategically’ respond to new Israeli strikes – Assad

Syria will react to any future act of Israeli aggression with a response of “strategic significance,” President Bashar Assad said in an interview to Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV. Assad also said that the Syrian army is battling up to 100,000 foreign mercenaries.

http://rt.com/news/air-defense-syria-assad-993/

 

Και αναφορά απο Pravda:

Syria to defend itself with Russia’s S-300

31.05.2013 | Source:

Pravda.Ru

 

Syria to defend itself with Russia's S-300. 50220.jpeg

Syria will be able to defend itself with the help of Russian S-300 missile systems. President Bashar al-Assad stated that the first batch of the Russian complexes had already been delivered to the country. 

He also stressed that the next batch of the systems was about to arrive in Syria. The Syrian leader also said that his country would not try to stop the groups that seek to liberate the Golan Heights, meaning the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

The U.S. government condemned Russia’s efforts to help Syria with arms supplies, particularly S-300 systems. Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, assured the international community that Moscow was conducting the deliveries under the terms of the old contract and has not concluded any new ones.

A few days ago, the European Union decided to temporarily lift the embargo on arms supplies to the Syrian opposition. It turns out that European diplomats believe that Moscow can not do what Washington and Brussels can.

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