Russian servicemen and technical equipment will not be withdrawn from the Adzhari sity of Batumi after tensions grew in the region, Russian Ambassador to Georgia, Vladimir Chkhinashvili declared. Chkhinashvili particularly stressed that the Russian Defence Minister told him to remain neutral and not to interfere in the Georgia`s internal conflicts. Russia is Georgia`s neighbor, and we are uneasy about the current situation, Chkhinashvili stressed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Beijing that the question about the shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria had not been resolved yet. However, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said that S-300 missile systems had been delivered to Syria last month
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems