Official: Russian withdrawal from Syrian arms deal 'legend'

May 26, 2013 17:23


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An Israeli official denied a report in the Sunday Times Sunday morning stating Russia had backed out of a deal to sell advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to the Assad regime in exchange for Israeli agreement to not carry out future attacks on Syria, Israeli media reported.

"The report claiming that Russia withdrew from sales of the S-300 missile to Assad is a legend," an Israeli official in Jerusalem was quoted as saying.

The Times report quoted a senior Russian official as saying Moscow has been convinced by Israel that if the missiles fall into the wrong hands, they could be used to attack civilian aircraft at Ben Gurion airport.

"The article from London is not based in reality, and there was no such understanding between Netanyahu and Putin," the Israeli official added.

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