Russia Accuses US of Supporting Syrian Drone Attack on Their Syria Bases

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The militants used ten drones in the attempt to hit Hmeymim and another three against Tartus. An earlier Pentagon statement allowed the Russian military to “take a new look at some unusual coincidences” surrounding the incident, it said. Currently, the Russian military experts are analyzing the construction, technical filling and improvised explosives of the captured UAVs.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has called on Russian Federation and Iran to fulfill their obligations under a peace plan for Syria and prevent attacks by Syrian government forces in Idlib Province, saying the violations could not happen without their support.

"The days are coming when it will be more painful for the Russians especially before the election of Putin", the statement said.

The Kremlin obviously has been concerned about these type of Islamist attacks after they withdrew the bulk of Russian military forces from the Area.

The ministry derided a Pentagon statement that drone technology could be bought on the open market and said it was taking "a fresh look" at the fact that a Poseidon "patrolled over the area of the Mediterranean Sea between Tartus and Hmeimim at an altitude of 7,000 metres for more than four hours during the..."

The Russian Kommersant daily said seven military planes were "practically destroyed" but the defence ministry rejected the report.

Russian Federation says 13 armed drones have recently been used to attack its air base and its naval facility in western Syria.

The Russian and the US militaries have maintained regular contacts to avoid conflict between their forces in Syria.

But Russia also fears that "hooligans" could use drones to cause disruption, said Melikov. They clashed with Tahrir al-Sham fighters around the airport, the Britain-based war monitoring group said.

"In two years, the Russian armed forces, together with the Syrian army, have defeated the most lethal group of global terrorists", state news agency Tass quoted Putin as saying.

Late last month, rebels in Idlib fired rockets at Hemeimeem, which were shot down by air defense systems protecting the base.

Cavusoglu said Ankara would host a meeting on Syria with like-minded countries after the summit in Russia's Sochi.

In Washington, a State Department spokesman confirmed the meeting occurred but said "beyond that we aren't going to read out any details of the conversation". At the time, he announced the pullout of Russian troops.

The incident raises questions over Vladimir Putin's claims Russian military support of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad had helped achieve victory in the six-year civil war.

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