The US State Department said that if Russia sent its S-300 air defense systems to Syria, it would lead to a “serious escalation.”
The United States hopes Russia did not deploy S-300 air defense systems in Syria because that would lead to a serious escalation of the situation, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
“I cannot confirm that that is accurate. I hope that they did not, that would be a serious escalation and concern,” Nauert said when asked about the administration’s reaction to reports Russia sent S-300 systems to Syria.
On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry released photographs depicting the handing over of the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to the Syrian party.