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  One of the most humiliating moments for Russia in the US Navy’s Tomahawk cruise missile attack on the al-Shayrat Syrian Air Force base is that the Kremlin had reassured the world that it controls the skies over Syria thanks to the deployment of the S-400 and S-300 air defense systems. This, the logic went on, allowed it to call the shots and enforce compliance with its interests in the air above the territory controlled by Assad’s loyalist troops.   According to claims by top brass in Moscow, the systems provided reliable protection against US cruise missiles and stealth technologies.   Russia had reassured both President Assad and the world that it is capable of protecting not only its own bases in Syria, but also Assad’s planes bombing the opposition.