Russian missiles in Syria have been denied by United States officials.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the prospect of Russian missiles in Syria has Israel crying foul.
The existing weapons embargo in Syria created by the European Union will not expire until August. However, Russian missiles in Syria could potentially occur before that date.
Israel has warned Russia against providing missiles to Syria, promising action if the warning is ignored. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has stated that the weapons were offered in an attempt to reduce conflict. John Kerry has also spoken out against Russian missiles in Syria on behalf of the United States, saying the Russian missiles would have a destabilizing influence.
President Bashar Assad told Lebanon’s Hezbollah-owned TV channel that Russian missiles were already in Syria:
“Syria has received the first shipment of Russian anti-aircraft S-300 rockets. All our agreements with Russia will be implemented and parts of them have already been implemented.”
But a report by Fox News claims that reports of Russian missiles in Syria are false. They say the transcript of Assad speaking was mistranslated into English and actually says this:
“There are many arms agreements between us and the Russians from a long time. The Russians are committed to their agreements. All that was agreed with Russia will be implemented and part of it has been already done. We and the Russians are in agreement and we will continue to be like this.”
Russia and Iran are already supplying arms to Assad, including Kalashnikov rifles and anti-ship cruise missiles, but two unnamed senior US officials supposedly say reports of Russian S-300 missiles in Syria are unconfirmed. So it seems that we might eventually see Russian missiles in Syria, but they are not currently there.
If we see Russian missiles in Syria, how do you think the United States should respond?