Assad praises Soviet weapons after missile attack on Syria – Russian MPs

Bashar Assad praised the quality of Soviet-made air-defense systems after the US, UK, and France bombarded Syria on Saturday, Russian MPs said after a meeting with the Syrian president in Damascus. “Yesterday we were faced with an American aggression. And we were able to repel it with Soviet missiles from the 1970s. Since the 1990s, the American films presented the Russian weapons as lagging. And now we see who really lags behind,” Assad was cited as saying by MP Dmitry Sablin. Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Soviet-made S-125, S-200, Buk, Kvadrat and Osa systems, used by the Syrian military, intercepted 71 out of the 103 missiles fired by the US and its allies.