Russia: Syria has defenses to prevent ‘easy victory’

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A possible Western intervention in Syria would not bring an “easy victory” because the Damascus government has enough air defense systems to rebuff attacks, the Interfax news agency said Tuesday.

“If the U.S. army together with NATO launch an operation against Syria there won't be an easy victory,” the news agency quoted a military-diplomatic source as saying.

“Multi-functional surface-to-air missile system Buk-M2E and other means of air defense that the Syrian troops possess will give a proper response to the aggressors,” the source added.

The source said Syria currently has up to 10 batteries of such air defense systems.

The Soviet and Russian-made Buk are medium-range surface-to-air missile systems designed to engage cruise missiles, bombs and unmanned aircraft.

Several Western countries led by the United States are considering air strikes against the Damascus regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian troops last week.

Moscow said the use of force against its traditional ally would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region and that Russia would not be militarily involved in the conflict.

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