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Published On: Tue, Apr 11th, 2017

Russia won’t intercept U.S. missiles in Syria: Ozerov

nsnbc : Senator Viktor Ozerov, the head of the Russian Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee said Russian armed forces in Syria won’t attempt to intercept any U.S.-American missiles if Washington decides to carry out another airstrike in Syria.

Russia_Syria_S-400 missile system_2017_(archives)Speaking with the Russian Interfax news agency on Monday Senator Ozerov said “Our armed forces are in Syria to fight terrorism, not to defend against external threats. That is not our mandate, and we are not going to intercept anything.”.

Ozerov added, however, that the government of the Syrian Arab Republic still has every legal right to shoot down any missiles. Ozerov also responded to reports according to which the United States might launch another attack if the Syrian military uses chemical weapons again. He called such reports “absurd” because the Syrian Arab Republic does not have any chemical weapons.

It is noteworthy that the U.S. strike with 59 cruise missiles targeting  an airbase of the Syrian Air Force in Shayrat was carried out even though UN experts, during a Security Council session, explicitly stressed that there is a need to investigate the incident before one jumps to conclusions.

Russian sources maintain that the U.S. – Russian security hotline, despite a large number of reports to the contrary in U.S. media is suspended. In other words, Russia won’t intercept U.S. missiles (probably unless they are targeting Russian forces), Moscow underpins that the Security Hotline is “off the table”, and that Moscow has no objections against Syrian military forces intercepting U.S. missiles – (eventually with a helping hand from Moscow).

Russia has S-300 and S-400 missile systems stationed in Syria to defend Russian troops and most importantly for Moscow, the Russian naval base in Tartus. Both the S-300 and the S-400 systems are capable of identifying, intercepting and destroying strategic cruise missiles.

CH/L – nsnbc 11.04.2017

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