Russia suspends talks with Syria's Assad to supply S-300

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi yesterday

Reacting to reports about potential S-300 deliveries to Damascus, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport expressed readiness to supply the Arab Republic with air defense systems if Russia's top leadership gave the green light.

Kozhin's comments also come two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Russian Federation for talks with Putin focusing on "ensuring ongoing military cooperation in Syria".

There's been much speculation circulating in the media around the possibility of Russian Federation supplying its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria after the latter was attacked by three Western nations - the United States, France and the United Kingdom - in response to an alleged use of chemical weapons by government forces in the city of Douma. The Syrian military has "everything it needs", he said.

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"So far, there has been no talk of deliveries of modern new systems", he said, adding that the Assad regime has "all that is needed".

"This is a constitutional question", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Friday when asked about the proposal.

"But we did say after the [Western] strikes [on Syria] that of course Russian Federation reserved the right to do anything it considered necessary".

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Kozhin's comments come a day after Israel destroyed many of Syria's defenses, as it bombed Iranian targets within Syria. S-300s could have significantly complicated the Israeli strikes.

The S-300 missile system fires missiles from trucks and is created to shoot down military aircraft and short and medium-range ballistic missiles.

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The regime now relies on a mixture of less advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft systems to defend its air space.

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