The S-300 air defence systems that Syria ordered from Russia will probably now be scrapped after the cancellation of the deal, Konstantin Buryulin, the deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, told the Interfax-AVN military news agency.

“This decision [to cancel the deal] was made under the relevant UN sanctions by our political leadership,” the 11 August report quoted Buryulin as saying. “If the equipment does not find an appropriate application, it will be disposed of.”

Russia has used its Security Council veto to prevent the imposition of a UN arms embargo on Damascus and has admitted delivering some S-300 components to the Syrians. […]