Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defense ministry to plan for the possible transfer of S-300 anti-air missiles to Syria following the US and allied cruise missile strikes that easily penetrated Syria's Soviet-era defenses.
The West blamed the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian government, days after which, in retaliation, the USA, United Kingdom and France carried out joint missile strikes on Syrian military bases on April 14.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint press conference with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts after their meeting on Syria issues at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, on April 4, 2018. The Pentagon maintains that no Syrian missiles intercepted any U.S. or allied missiles, and that most of Syria's air defenses fired after the strike took place.
CBS evening news' April 12 headline was United States "looking for actual evidence" of Syria chemical attack.
"What's important to us is that the weapons defense systems that the Russians transfer to Syria are not used against us".
"I think Russians have no reason to seek friction with us, and we are not looking for friction with them", he said.
More than 40 people were killed in the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town and it prompted a military response from the US, UK and France.
Pahon said Russian Federation has yet to produce credible photographic evidence of downed Tomahawk missiles in Syria.
Amid the escalating rhetoric, Russia's ambassador to Israel on Wednesday sought to downplay tensions between the two countries saying that Moscow's deployment of air defense systems in Syria was not related to Israel.
Russian Federation said the attacks removed all hurdles for providing Syria with the much better S-300.
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants to withdraw American troops from Syria "relatively soon" but not before their mission is completed, adding that negotiations over the crisis there should be part of a larger deal regarding Iran.
Rudskoi's statement did not specify the type of weapons, but his remarks follow reports in Russian media that Moscow is considering selling its S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria. "Staffing anti-aircraft firepower of the Russian airbase, all air targets were destroyed", - said the source RIA Novosti in Hamima.
"That doesn't mean we should stop", he said.
"Unfortunately, as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum noted in a recent report, the situation on the ground is getting even worse in Syria, and the worst is probably yet to come".