Russia will soon present evidence that the Syrian air defense forces shot down more than half of the missiles fired in the recent US -led strikes, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. Lavrov's reply was published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website.
Mr Lavrov said President Trump offered to visit Russian Federation in return.
The Russian foreign minister said that President Trump had indicated that he would make a state visit to the Kremlin if president Putin honored his invitation to the White House.
Leading up to the expected strikes, Russian officials had warned that attacks on Syria would result in retaliatory actions by Russia, but Russia didn't mobilize any of its air defense systems during the strike. I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that after the phone talk, Donald Trump several times said and left tweets saying that issues with Russian Federation shall be settled and they seek good relations with Russian Federation, it is better than not having good relations, and only a fool thinks differently. Syria intercepted 71 out of over 103 cruise missiles and air-surface missiles launched at civilian and military targets, the MoD said, adding that Russian air defense units stationed in Syria were not involved in repelling the attack.
Syria denies the allegation, which has not been independently investigated and verified.
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The Pentagon said that all 105 missiles fired at three Syrian chemical facilities reached their targets, while the Russian military said Syrian air defenses downed 71 out of 103 US missiles.
Lavrov also said that earlier, Russian Federation had decided not to supply its modern S-300 air defense system to Syria following the request of Western countries, which said the move could destabilize the situation, although the system is purely defensive.
Mr Lavrov said: "There were military leadership contacts, between generals, between our representatives and the coalition leadership".
Earlier, in an interview with the BBC, Lavrov said that Moscow was ready to consider any means to help the Syrian army curb further aggression even though "several years ago we [Russia] decided not to supply S-300 systems to Syria at our partners' request".
Mr Lavrov said he was 100% convinced Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would not allow an armed confrontation between the two superpowers.