18:56 Aug. 12, 2016
S-400 ‘Triumph' system will keep NATO aviation in suspense - Russia's Defense Ministry
Russia's Defense Ministry delivered anti-aircraft missile system S-400 ‘Triumph' (SA-21 'Growler' NATO reporting name) to occupied Crimea, Russian news agency Interfax reports.
"After the preparation and redeployment are completed, the re-equipped regiment will take part in strategic command and staff exercises "Caucasus-2016", the ministry stated.
In July 2016, Yevgeniy Oleynikov, second-in-command officer of the 18th air defence regiment, announced that the unit, deployed in the town of Feodosiya, was to receive S-400 system in August.
Ruslan Balbek, the so-called Vice-Prime-Minister of Crimea, says the system deployment in Crimea will allow to "close the Crimean airspace from any attack and provocation".
"The fact of the advanced air defence system presence in Crimea will keep in suspense all the NATO aviation based in the Black Sea region", Ruslan Balbek declared.
On July 27, Sergei Shoigu, Russia's Defense Minister, declared that annexed Crimea has a self-sufficient group of Russian army as a response to NATO expansion in Eastern Europe.