Luke Harding and Phoebe Greenwood in Tel Aviv, and Paul Owen
May 31, 2013
Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has said Russia will deliver anti-aircraft missiles to Syria – a claim likely to dramatically increase tensions in the region and which could provoke the Israelis to launch a future strike against the weapons.
In an interview with Lebanon’s al-Manar channel Assad refused to confirm if Moscow had already begun to deliver long-range S-300 air defence rockets.
But he said he expected the Kremlin to fulfill the order, and added: “All our agreements with Russia will be implemented and parts of them have already been implemented.”