Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, responded to US broadcaster Fox News’ claims on Wednesday that Russia had recently shipped 50 short-range ballistic missiles to Syria.
“This question should not be asked of us; you should ask others about their claims. I have no information on this,” Peskov said in response to a question on the authenticity of Fox News’ claim.
Fox News’ original report stated that Russia had sent Syria its largest shipment of missiles to date, claiming “this latest delivery between the two allies could further change the stakes in the Middle East”.
The American network based its claim on an unnamed ‘US official’, quoting them as saying “For someone winding down a war, that’s a big missile shipment”.
Russia’s intervention in Syria has undoubtedly changed the dynamics of a war entering its sixth year. While many had numbered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s days at the helm when the conflict started in 2011, today all primary actors with a stake in the war in Syria have reluctantly – if not yet overtly – accepted Assad’s role in any foreseeable solution; thanks in no small part to Russia’s unprecedented backing, both military and diplomatic, for the Assad government.