US opposes Russia-Syria missile deal

Eurasia News

US Secretary of State John Kerry raised questions Friday about Russia’s commitment to peace in Syria, warning that delivery of Russian S-300 air defence missiles would be “not helpful.”

Kerry’s comments at a news conference with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle came ahead of a preparatory meeting in Geneva next week on a US-Russian bid for a peace conference on Syria.

“In Geneva, we will test who is serious. Are Russians serious about pushing for that? I believe they are. President (Vladimir) Putin said they are, (Foreign Minister) Sergei Lavrov has said it and they are trying to organize.

“Now, it is not helpful to have the S-300 transferred to the region while you are trying to organize this peace and create peace,” he said.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad suggested this week that his government has already received delivery of the advanced air defence missiles, but on Friday, Russian media reported they had not yet been delivered.