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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cypriot Air Defense

MOSCOW -- Russia could provide Cyprus with an air-defense system along with controversial S-300 missiles to get around Turkey's threat to blow the missiles up if they are deployed, Itar-Tass said Saturday.

Moscow could deliver a Tuman air-defense system, the agency said, citing a top Russian defense industry official, which it did not name.

A Russian missile-supplier, the Defense Systems company, struck a deal with the Greek-Cypriot authorities on Jan. 4 to sell them the S-300 missiles.

The deal triggered an angry reaction from Turkey, which backs the Turkish community in the north of the divided island.

An executive with Defense Systems said the delivery would be carried out within 18 months and that the S-300s would be compatible with the Western-designed radar stations already deployed on the island.