Russian warplanes bombard Syrian rebels in support of Assad regime
Russian Federation began flying combat missions over Syria on September 30 following an escalation in its military support for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The Russians have not attempted to shoot down any of the USA drones, but instead have flown intercept tracks, meaning they flew close enough to the US aircraft to make their presence felt, one official told Fox.
He said in televised remarks that the figures based on military intelligence Turkey had received.
However, Russian air space violations of NATO-ally Turkey near the border with Syria at the weekend have brought the crisis right up to the alliance’s borders.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday that the violations do not look like an accident.
Netanyahu has said he is determined to stop arms deliveries to Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement and accused Syria’s army and Iran of trying to create a “second front” against Israel.
Brown said he doesn’t think Russian airstrikes will clash with American operations, but a few experts have said that there are significant risks associated with the US-led anti-ISIS coalition occupying the same airspace as Russia.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has warned Moscow that under Turkey’s rules of engagement, its fighters are allowed to shoot down any warplane operating in Syria that violates Turkish airspace.
Moscow says that a Western information war is underway aimed at distorting the goal of its operation in Syria.
NATO’s secretary general has said a “substantial” build-up of Russian forces in Syria includes ground troops.
Yerevan-based political analyst Stepan Grigoryan, the head of the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, said that Armenia should demonstrate neutrality in interpreting the actions undertaken by Russian Federation in Syria.
“Despite what the Russians say, we have not agreed to cooperate with Russia so long as they continue to pursue a mistaken strategy and hit these targets”, Carter said.
“That’s also the reason why we send this very clear signal”, Stoltenberg said. “They’ve had incursions into Turkish airspace”.
The Russian Defence Ministry itself has said it has more than 50 warplanes and helicopters in Syria.
Syrian state television said Russian jets had hit militant positions in the ancient city of Palmyra and the northern province of Aleppo.
“There is no discussion of ground forces”.
France has repeatedly said that once a political transition had occurred and Assad had gone, government troops and moderate rebels would need to join forces to defeat Islamic State.