Russian media reports: S-300 sale to Syria cancelled
Russia has suspended the sale of the advanced S-300 surface-to-air
missile system to Syria, in what could be a possible outcome of
President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Israel earlier this week.
Both Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres
discussed Syria with Putin.
An Israeli official said that, “Israel raised certain concerns with
the Russians when they were here. And we hope they will be attentive
A Russian business paper reports that Russia chose to withhold the
sale, estimated at about $100 million. The deal, previously unknown,
was reportedly signed between – Russia’s top defense contractor – and
Syria in 2011.
One of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft missile systems in
the world, the S-300 has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets
simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time.
Russia signed a similar deal to sell the S-300 to Iran in 2007 but
canceled it in 2010 due to United Nations arms embargo that had been
imposed on the Islamic Republic.
In recent years, Israel has invested significant diplomatic clout in
convincing Moscow to suspend the delivery to Iran and a 2010 deal to
sell Russia “Israeli-made drones” was done to stop the delivery.