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Russia Stands by Its Contract to Sell S-300 Air Defense Missiles to Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his country will uphold all its contractual obligations, but adds that the weapons have yet to be delivered.

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Russia will honor its controversial contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria, the Russian foreign minister has said.

"We respect all our contracts and are honoring all our contractual obligations," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russian state TV on Thursday.

"As yet, the contracts are not finished, they have not been delivered in full," he added.

Russia last month acknowledged it has agreed to sell Syria advanced S-300 air-defense missiles, which are considered to be the cutting edge in aircraft interception technology.

Russia has stood by Syrian President Bashar Assad during the two-year civil war, blocking several UN resolutions and calls for his ouster. The death toll from the conflict has surpassed 93,000.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem walk into a hall during a meeting in Moscow, February 25, 2013. Credit: Reuters
An S-300 air-defense missiles launcher, left, and a S-300 missiles guidance station, somewhere in Russia.Credit: AP

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