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    Moscow prioritizes the Russian army over foreign customers in supplying the S-400 Triumf air defense systems.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — China and India are interested in purchasing the Russian S-400 Triumf air defense systems, but the priority will be given to the Russian army, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide for military-technical cooperation said.

    "There are many of those who want it [the S-400 system] but the case is that we are not able to supply everyone with it and therefore we will not deliver it to everyone because the priority is the Russian army, however, the negotiations with China and India are underway," Vladimir Kozhin told the Russian Izvestia newspaper.

    According to the newspaper, products of the Russian defense industry have sparked an interest among several countries, including India, Malaysia, Algeria and Indonesia, following Moscow's campaign in Syria on Damascus' request, during which the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted precision airstrikes against the extremists' targets.

    Earlier in April, Putin also said that the interest in Russian weapons had sharply increased after the Aerospace Forces' operations in Syria.

    The S-400 is Russia's next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at short-to-extremely long range. It is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.


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