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    US-led Coalition Says Russia's S-300 Delivery to Syria Hasn't Changed Anything

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    Last month, Russia decided to provide Syria with the S-300 air defense systems. The decision came after a Russian Il-20 plane was downed by Syria's forces that were targeting Israeli F-16 jets that were attacking the facilities in the Syrian province of Latakia.

    According to US spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan, Russia's decision to provide Syria with S-300 systems has had no impact on US-led forces on the ground thus far.

    "It hasn't changed anything," Ryan said. "It's always a concern when a new piece of equipment is brought into the region but we have a deconfliction process with them [the Russians] that we plan on using."

    At this point, the deconfliction process has not been used to address the S-300 threat, Ryan added.

    READ MORE: Delivery of S-300 to Syria Matter for Damascus, Moscow to Decide — Cairo

    Following the announcement of the deliveries, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that the air defense systems had sufficient capacities to respond to Israeli threats to the country.


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