Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that Damascus has received the first batch of anti-aircraft missile systems S-300, manufactured in Russia. This is the politician said in an interview to Al Manar, associated with al-Assad's allies — group "Hezbollah".
Coming soon delivery next batch SAM, the president added. Assad said Damascus will oppose activity groups that do not go to the talks and continue hostilities.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the opposition Syrian National Coalition (the representative body of local rebels) is doing everything to prevent a political solution and to achieve military intervention in the country.
It is worth noting that the news on the supply of SAM came shortly after the European Union effectively sanctioned arms Syrian rebels. In parallel, the European ministers agreed to extend the economic and financial sanctions against Syria for another year.
Earlier, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to refrain from supplying weapons to Damascus, saying that it could turn into an escalation of the conflict and will be a threat to neighboring Israel.
The conflict continues in Syria since March 2011., The victims of the civil war began between 80 and 120 million people, about one million Syrians have lost their homes. The rebels are demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, but the president is not going to leave office voluntarily.