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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to inaugurate a guesthouse for Russia's Christian pilgrims at a Jordan Valley site where many Christians believe Jesus was baptised on June 26, 2012. AFP Photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to inaugurate a guesthouse for Russia's Christian pilgrims at a Jordan Valley site where many Christians believe Jesus was baptised on June 26, 2012. AFP Photo

Russia's top weapon producers have suspended the sale of the S-300 missile system to Syria, Russian daily Vedomosti has reported.
 
Russia’s Almaz-Antey was reportedly scheduled to deliver the system to Syrian sources between 2012 and 2013 but the expected sale was halted on government orders, according to the report.
 
Vedomosti said it accessed information provided by sources within the military industry.
 
Damascus' economic troubles could be one of the reasons behind the halt, the report said.
 
Russia has been struggling to end rumors that it is providing weapons for the Syrian government to quell the country’s long-running uprising.

June/27/2012

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ilker avni

6/28/2012 12:32:58 PM

@Danni C History in the making you say, Turkey is at the centre of this change,Turkey is a role model for Islamic nations to follow,with Turkeys growing power Islamic nations are no longer afraid to voice they protests for freedom and democracy. Turkey will back them and speakout on they behalf.. Dictatorships are a thing of the past in the Middle East.Turkey has protected Israel since its birth, second country to reconise the state of Israel after America in 1947.and still does so.

ilker avni

6/28/2012 10:31:20 AM

@ Blue dotted Only a fool joins a sinking ship,with the defection of the Syrian army which are made up of mostly Sunnies its only a matter of time before the end of the Assad dictatorship of thirty odd years.Putin is not stupid he knows the world will not forgive him for backing a loser.The will of the people cannot be defeated,PEOPLE POWER allways wins.Ataturk said "A nation which makes the final sacifice for life and freedom does not get beaten." Sovereignty is not given,it is taken."

ilker avni

6/28/2012 10:20:09 AM

@ DaniC My frend Israels best trading partner is Turkey five billion dollars worth of trade,bussiness ties are normal.Netanhayu is the one who told Israeli citizens not to travel to Turkey,they still come and are welcomed,Turkish hospitality is a viture,we treat all tourists as guests.Prime minster Erdogan said THE JEWISH CITIZENS ARE UNDER HIS PROTECTION. No one would dare harm any tourists.Turkey asked for a simple apology,only one man refused Lieberman, who nobody likes.

ilker avni

6/28/2012 10:09:14 AM

I have posted many time that mother RUSSIA is not the frend of muslims,remember they are othordox same as the jewish othordox.Russian only income is from oil and gas,they best customer is the west,while Iran loses. Russia is the one who gains from sanctions on Iran.S-300 missile system did the same to iran when they paid up front and Russia cancelled the contract after presure from the west.Putin is like Rasputin not to be trusted.All those who thought that Putin would help Assad think again.

Richard *

6/27/2012 10:03:58 PM

Russia may be hedging its bets on Assad's ability to survive long term assaults on the Syrian government. Putin is playing a conservative game here. Witholding weapon systems allows Russia to play the game both ways; to portray Russia as peaceful while insuring Russian technology doesn't fall into unauthorized hands. The Russian bear is no man's fool.

Blue Dotterel

6/27/2012 6:00:23 PM

Putin is developing a credibility problem. Does he think stopping missile sales to Syria will stop arms sales to NATO's proxy mercenaries in Syria. Putin looked pretty foolish over Libya, he may look even more Yeltzin like by giving in to Washington over Syria

Joshua Bronxman

6/27/2012 3:50:05 PM

Hedging bets? It's a little late. Forget Syria's economic problems. Russia has a seriously mounting political problem given their current stance on the situation.

DaniC

6/27/2012 3:49:51 PM

"...sale was halted on government orders..." Two days ago Putin visited Israel on the pretext of inaugurating a memorial in honor of the USSR Red Army victory over Nazi Germany. Putin met PM Netanyahu, President Peres, and FM Lieberman. Members of his entourage met with their Israeli counterparts-- administrators, defense and army officers, details not divulged. You don't see the coincidence? History is in the making, while Erdoğan, and Davutoğlu waste time with empty statements against Israel.
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