October 6, 2016 / 2:33 PM / a year ago

Lavrov says Russian missile systems in Syria are purely defensive

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that advanced S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems operated by the Russian military in Syria were for purely defensive needs and did not pose a threat to anyone.

Lavrov was speaking at a news conference after meeting French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova, Alexander Winning and Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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