September 24, 2018 / 10:16 AM / 3 months ago

Putin tells Assad will give Syria S-300 air defense system: Syrian presidency

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia May 17, 2018. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that Moscow would supply its ally with an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, Assad’s office said.

“President Putin ... informed President Assad that Russian will develop the Syrian air defense systems,” the Syrian presidency said in a statement.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Alison Williams

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