Moscow: Russia has announced the suspension of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to China and said the resumption of further deliveries is yet to be ascertained.
Citing Chinese newspaper Sohu, UAWire reported, “This time, Russia announced the postponement of the delivery of missiles for the Chinese S-400 system. To a certain extent, we can say that it is for the sake of China. Getting a gun is not as easy as signing an invoice after receiving a weapon.”
“They say that the work on delivering these weapons is quite complicated. While China has to send personnel for training, Russia also needs to send a lot of technical personnel to put the weapons into service,” Sohu said.
The suspension of the delivery comes after soon after Moscow accused Beijing of espionage, despite both countries enjoying reasonably good relations over the past few years
Post-Russia’s announcement, China has reportedly said that Moscow was forced to make such a decision as it “is worried that the delivery of S-400 missiles at this time will affect the anti-pandemic actions of the People’s Liberation Army and does not want to cause trouble to China.”
In 2018, China received the first batch of S-400 missiles, a military-diplomatic source told Russia`s TASS news agency.
The air defense missile system is believed to be the most advanced of its kind and is capable of destroying targets that is up to 400 kilometres away, up to a height of up to 30 kilometres