Kremlin says Russian troops able to fend off attacks in Syria
Kremlin says Russian troops able to fend off attacks in Syria
Moscow Admits Drones Attacked Hmeimim, Tartus Bases
12 January, 2018, 19:08
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Russian forces were on alert following droneattacks on the Hmeimim base, the largest Russian military base on Syrian territory.
In a televised visit last month to the Hemeimeem air base where he declared victory over the Islamic State group, Putin praised the "excellent" performance of the Russian troops in Syria and he also ordered a partial withdrawal of the forces.
Residents of the village in the Jabal Zawiya mountains said they had no knowledge of the attack and expressed fear that Russian Federation would retaliate against them.
It is noted that in connection with this incident, the Russian Defense Ministry had sent letters to the Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, Gen. Hulusi Akar, and Head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan.
Russian Federation has given President Bashar al-Assad's government crucial support throughout Syria's civil war and has always been at odds with USA support of certain rebel groups in the Syrian civil war.
"Iran and Russian Federation should fulfil their responsibility. We have exerted so many efforts and we can not waste them". If they were responsible, it is not clear why they would not claim the attack. They warned of the risk of more such attacks in any other country around the world. The aerial support was later extended to targets in Idlib, where the regime is pushing against several militant groups. "It's very, very murky".
Meanwhile, Turkey's foreign minister yesterday accused the Syrian regime of striking moderate opposition forces in Idlib province near the Turkish border, warning it could torpedo talks aimed at ending the war.
The drone attack on the Russian assets in Syria also raised tensions between Russia and Turkey. Under an understanding reached between Russia, Turkey and Iran a year ago, Turkey is supposed to be responsible for restraining the opposition in Idlib and Russia and Iran is responsible with preventing the regime from carrying out attacks.
The Ministry says a technical examination indicates these drones would have an effective attacking range of about 100 kilometres (62 miles) - which is pretty terrifying - and means that in the new era of UAV warfare, locations that once may have seemed immune to attack, are in fact exposed.
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