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Assad in good mood amid Russia missile hope

Top News | Apr 16, 2018
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was in a "good mood" despite condemning the missile strikes by Western powers as an act of aggression.

"From the point of view of [Assad], this was aggression and we share this position," Sergei Zheleznyak, who with other Russian lawmakers met with Assad in Damascus, told Russia's TASS news agency.

Assad was in a "good mood" and continuing his work in Damascus, the lawmakers said, as he praised the Soviet-era air defense systems of Syria.

Moscow said it would consider supplying S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria following the strikes, but this was not discussed at the meeting.

A senior Russian military official said Syria's air defenses had intercepted 71 of the 105 American, British and French missiles.

"Yesterday we saw American aggression. And we were able to repel it with Soviet missiles from the 70s," Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sablin quoted Assad as saying.

Sablin also said Assad accepted an invitation to visit the Siberian region of Khanty-Mansi in Russia. It was not clear when the visit would take place.

REUTERS



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