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  6/4/2013, Sivan 26, 5773

Putin: No S-300 in Syria Yet

Times of Oman reports Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow had not yet delivered its sophisticated S-300 missiles to the Syrian regime for fear this would upset the delicate balance of power in the volatile region.

His comments came as the United Nations reported there were "reasonable grounds" to conclude that chemical weapons had been used by both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the rebels battling to overthrow him, adds Times of Oman.

Putin -- who has shielded the Assad regime from three attempts to impose UN sanctions during the 26-month conflict, notes Times of Oman -- said Moscow had already signed a contract for delivery of the powerful S-300 surface-to-air missile systems.