Russia ‘no longer has any moral obligations’ to deny Syria’s military S-300 air defense system – Lavrov

In a recent interview with RIA Novosti, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated among several topics that Russia is no longer bound by moral duty to deny allied Syrian forces access to its game-changing S-300 strategic air defense system.

The Russian FM stated that, until now, Syria’s military had been denied access to the weapon because certain other nations thought that this would disturb the sensitive balance of diplomatic-military relations in the Middle East. He explained:

‘We [Russia] promised not to do it around a decade ago at the request of our partners, and we took into consideration their argument that this would destabilize the situation, despite this [S-300] being a purely defensive system. We heeded their call.’

However, in light of recent events (namely the US-led missile strike on Syria), ‘now we [Russia] have no such moral obligation,’ Lavrov said concluding the matter, somewhat signalling that the Syrian military may soon receive S-300 systems.