MOSCOW — Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency is reporting that Russia has already deployed long-range air defense missiles at its base in Syria.
FILE - In this Tuesday May 7, 2013 file photo, Russian S-400 air defense missile systems make their way through Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia. In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday Nov. 24, 2015 it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
Moscow announced the move on Wednesday, saying the missiles would help destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes there following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.
RIA Novosti on Thursday quoted its own reporter on the ground saying as S-400 missiles have been delivered.
The S-400s are based in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, just 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the border with Turkey and are capable of striking targets within a 400-kilometer (250-mile) range with deadly precision.
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