Report: Russia backs out of S-300 missile sale to Syria

May 26, 2013 04:33

Russia has reportedly backed out of a deal to sell Syrian President Bashar Assad advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

The paper quotes 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 official adds that, in return, Russia expects Israel to refrain from future air strikes on Syria.

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