Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Greece does not have the right to transfer the S-300 to another country.
Assessing the current issues on Russian state television Channel One, Lavrov also touched on the possibility of Greece supplying Ukraine with S-300 air defense systems.
Recalling that initially these complexes were planned to be placed in South Cyprus, and then delivered to Greece, Lavrov said:
“We have instructed our ambassador to contact the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense to remind him that these systems have been delivered to Greece. According to the agreement, Greece has no right to transfer these systems to anyone without our permission. We reminded the Greeks of this. They told us they were mindful of their commitments.”
Stating that they are closely monitoring such matters, Lavrov said: “We have to be on our guard. Because many illegal things are done under the slogan “Let’s save Ukraine, because Ukraine is Europe.”
“The US does not plan to send specialists to Ukraine to use Patriot”
Assessing the US decision to supply Patriot systems to Ukraine, Lavrov continued the following:
“We asked the Americans if the decision to transfer difficult-to-control Patriot complexes through our embassy means the presence of American specialists there (in Ukraine). We were given a fairly exhaustive answer and said that this was not planned, because the Americans did not want to fight directly with Russia, that the Patriot systems would be put into operation in a few months, until the Ukrainian military mastered this technology.
Referring to the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, Lavrov said that they are ready for negotiations with Ukraine, “but the US did not allow it.”
Expressing that they do not reject proposals to reach diplomatic agreements, Sergei Lavrov stressed that these agreements would be possible if the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions are recognized as belonging to Russia.
On the other hand, Lavrov added that they want to resolve the situation around Ukraine as soon as possible.
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