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Russia to send air-defence system to Syria

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Moscow: Russia will not cancel plans to deliver an air-defence system to Syria despite Western opposition in order to help deter foreign intervention in the two-year-old conflict, according to the country's deputy foreign minister.

Speaking in Moscow on Tuesday, Sergei Ryabkov also accused the EU of "throwing fuel on the fire" by letting its own arms embargo on Syria expire.

"We think this delivery is a stabilising factor and that such steps in many ways restrain some hotheads from exploring scenarios in which this conflict could be given an international character with participation of outside forces," Ryabkov said.

Israel and France had urged Moscow to refrain from sending high-precision S-300 missile systems to President Bashar al-Assad's government in its campaign against opposition fighters.

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