The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov
Statement on Russian-American relations, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov made in the program “Sunday time” on the “First channel”, informs the Agency “RIA Novosti”. According to him, the United States make aggressive moves that affect Russia’s national interests and threaten the security of the country.
“We have recorded a fundamental change of circumstances in regard to aggressive Russophobia, which now underlies the policy of the United States against Russia. It is not just about rhetorical Russophobia and aggressive steps, which really hurt our national interests, jeopardize our security,” Lavrov said. With these steps, the Minister described the approach of NATO’s military infrastructure to the Russian borders, as well as sanctions, which he also called “hostile acts.”
Commenting on the situation in Syria, Lavrov called “dangerous games”, the “leak” about the possible application of U.S. strikes on airfields of the Syrian air force. “This is a very dangerous game, given that Russia, being in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate government of this country, and having there two bases — one a military air base in Hamima and e & p, Russian Navy in Tartus, there is air defenses to protect our facilities,” — said Lavrov.
The foreign Minister stressed that Russia had long exercised “strategic patience” regarding action of Washington. Lavrov said that the deterioration of relations with the US began long before the events in Ukraine.
6 October, the representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov said that the range of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-300 and s-400, which cover the Russian base Hamim in the Syrian province of Latakia naval base in Tartus, it may come as a surprise to any unidentified objects. He also noted that Russia had delivered to Syria a battery of s-300 to prevent a repetition of the events of 17 September, when the U.S.-led coalition in half an hour launched air strikes on Syrian troops in Deir ez-Zor.
Lavrov on the same day stated that the purpose of delivering batteries of s-300 to Syria is the security of the Russian forces. “Now we just need to ensure the safety of our military, videoconferencing, our item logistics in the port of Tartus in a situation that is not yet calm down”, — said Lavrov.
7 October, the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that s-300 were deployed in Syria, after the leak of data about US intentions to bomb cruise missiles Syrian airfields. “C-300 appeared there after went down the drain from experts close to the American establishment, and they were one after the other and had a kind of basis that they will bomb with cruise missiles to the Syrian airports,” she said.
Information about the transfer of s-300 to Syria, which was published by Fox news, the defense Ministry confirmed on 4 October. Then Konashenkov explained that this complex is designed to ensure the security of its naval base in Syrian Tartus and “located in the coastal area of the ships of the operative connection of the Russian Navy from the air.”
On the same day the press Secretary of the Pentagon Peter cook said that while he could not answer the question, what is the purpose of the Russian military was sent to Syria s-300. Answering the question whether the s-300 threat to U.S. pilots involved in operations of the antiterrorist coalition, cook stressed that this depends on how the Russian military are going to use anti-aircraft missile system.