In light of the Western airstrike on several targets in Syria, Moscow may decide to sell its advanced S-300 missile system to its Arab ally, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during an interview with the BBC.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and military staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin and military staff Photo Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

In response to the coordinated airstrikes carried out by the US, Britain and France, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow may provide Syria with its advanced S-300 missile system.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Lavrov said that the attack, which he called an “outrageous act of aggression,” convinced Russia that the Syrian Army needs the system. “Several years ago, we decided not to supply S-300 systems to Syria at our partners’ request,” he explained. “Now, we will consider options to ensure the Syrian state’s security after this outrageous act of aggression from the United States, France and Great Britain.”

Lavrov also rejected the claims that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons last week in Douma. “There is no proof that on the 7th of April chemical weapons were used in Douma,” he stressed. When confronted with the evidence cited by France, Lavrov continued to deny the allegations: “I cannot be impolite with the heads of other states, but you quoted the leaders of France and the UK and US and, frankly speaking, all the evidence they quoted was based on media reports and social media.”

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday evening that Washington is trying to assemble a special force that would replace the US military troops in Syria. According to the report, the special force would be made up of soldiers from Arab nations. The US has already contacted Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar regarding the initiative.

JOL reported on Monday that French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that he had convinced US President Donald Trump to keep the American troops in Syria. However, the White House said that Trump is still intent on pulling the American troops out of Syria. “The President has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “We are determined to completely crush ISIS and create the conditions that will prevent its return.”