Russia praises Syrian air defenses after strikes

The Russian military says Syria’s Russian-made air defense systems proved highly efficient in fending off missile strikes by the U.S. and its allies.
Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, said Monday that Syria used the Pantsir-S1 air defense systems supplied by Russia along with older Soviet-built air defense missiles to counter Saturday’s strikes by the U.S., Britain and France.
Konashenkov said Syria fired 112 air defense missiles, shooting down 71 out of 103 incoming missiles. He said the Pantsir systems were particularly effective, with 23 out of 25 missiles they fired hitting the incoming missiles.
The Pentagon has previously dismissed Moscow’s claims, saying that none of the missiles fired by the allies were intercepted by Syrian forces.