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    Moscow is the best protected Russian city, with the sky above the Russian capital guarded by state of the art radars and air defense systems, a top air defense official said Saturday.

     Moscow is the best protected Russian city, with the sky above the Russian capital guarded by state of the art radars and air defense systems, a top air defense official said Saturday.

    "Air defense forces and means provide a more effective and reliable protection to Moscow than to other cities and inhabited localities in the country," Maj. Gen. Pavel Kurachenko, a deputy chief of the Air Force's air defense, told Ekho Moskvy radio.

    Kurachenko said the protection network, which now includes S-300 (SA-10 Grumble, SA-12 Giant/Gladiator) missile systems, would be improved and equipped with S-400 (SA-21 Growler) next year and with S-500 systems later.

    MOSCOW, December 12 (RIA Novosti)

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