May 15, 2013
Netanyahu to Putin: ‘Your missile sales to Assad could trigger war’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that Moscow’s sale of a sophisticated missile defense system to President Bashar Assad ‘could push the Middle East into war’.
Netanyahu, who flew to meet Putin for emergency talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, told the Russian president that the S-300 ‘had no relevance to Assad’s civil-war battles against rebel groups, and urged Moscow not to deliver the systems’, Channel 2 reported on Wednesday night.
Lavrov said the weapons were to help Syria defend itself against air attacks.
At a brief joint press conference, the Russian president said that the only way to resolve the crisis was via “the soonest end to armed conflict and the beginning of political settlement.”