Speech on the transfer of Damascus to the Russian s-400 missiles, which are now posted on the basis of “Hamim”, does not go yet. This statement was made by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in an interview to “RIA Novosti”. Thus, according to him, the transfer can only take place when the relevant contracts
“No, at the moment [speech on the transfer of s-400]. It [this] is not associated with the presence of the [SAMS] in Latakia. [In the case of this question] this may be due to direct contracts between us and Russian army <…> the purchase contracts”, — quotes Agency the words of Assad, he said in response to the question about the theoretical possibility of transmission of the complex and the possible timing of the decision of such question.
Russian s-400 missiles appeared in Syria after the incident with the Russian su-24 that was shot down in November of last year the Turkish air force. Then the assistant to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin has told reporters that SAM must be returned to Russia after the completion of the task.
After Russia announced the withdrawal of their main forces from Syria, complexes With-400 it was decided to leave in the middle East country for the further protection of the Russian military, who continue to remain there. “The Russian air defense system will be held constant combat duty in Syria and will be used for any purpose that threatens the Russian military,” — said in mid-March Putin at a meeting with the military who participated in operations in Syria. Then he added that “all interested parties are warned and know about all of this”.
The s-400 by its technical characteristics is able to detect the target at 600 km Range of defeat of aerodynamic targets up to 400 km, situated on the West coast the complex covers the entire territory of Syria, except the most Eastern areas of the country, the South-Eastern provinces of Turkey, Lebanon, and Northern Israel.